Dementia is a group of brain diseases that affect how you think and remember. The onset is often gradual and worsens over time, ultimately affecting your day-to-day functioning. Emotional symptoms, decreased motivation, and language difficulties may also be associated with dementia. Though the word dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are used interchangeably, they are not the same. Alzheimer’s Disease is just the most common type of dementia. Lisa Durante explores…
Types of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) has been known as a neurodegenerative disease of the elderly. However, of late, neuroinflammation (inflammation of nerve tissue) has emerged as an important component of AD. An article in the journal Aging, by Dr. Dale Bredesen, a UCLA professor of Neurology, says there may be three different types of AD (Alzheimer’s Disease):
- Inflammatory, in which C-Reactive Protein and serum albumin-globulin ratios are increased
- Non-inflammatory, in which these markers may not change but other metabolic abnormalities are present, and
- Cortical, which affects relatively younger people.
In the same article, Dr. Bredesen also mentions that measuring fasting Insulin and Zinc levels are very important in the workup of someone with brain dysfunction.
Know The Facts
- There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s Disease yet. Therefore, addressing several risk factors is a better way to reduce your risk for the disease.
- Though it commonly occurs in the older age group, Alzheimer’s Disease has been known to occur in people in their 40s and 50s.
- Early onset disease is sometimes associated with genetic mutations.
The exact cause of Alzheimer’s Disease is not known. However, experts agree that it occurs because of an interaction between many factors like age, genetics, lifestyle and coexisting medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.