Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.(1) Some symptoms of Alzheimer’s include: memory loss that affects daily functioning, struggles in problem solving, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time and place, difficulty understanding images, new problems with words, speaking or writing, poor judgment, and withdrawal from work or social activities. (2)
Medical researchers are nearing development of blood test that accurately detects Alzheimer’s disease!
Medical researchers have spent years searching for medical breakthroughs in relationship to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is nearing development of a blood test that can accurately detect Alzheimer’s disease. This would give physicians the ability to intervene at the earliest and most treatable stage.(3)
Early detection can allow for patients to take steps to improve vascular health, improve their diet, increase exercise, and manage weight and blood pressure issues. These things combined could help stave off or slow the progression of the disease.(3)
Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease can give patients time to improve their diet, increase exercise, and manage weight and blood pressure concerns!
Research has shown the importance of maintaining a healthy blood-brain barrier to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke and obesity can all jeopardize vascular health. The blood vessels in the brain weaken and become brittle with age. They then begin to leak autoantibodies into the brain. Theses autoantibodies bind neurons and accelerate the accumulation of beta amyloid deposits, which is a key factor of Alzheimer’s pathology.(3)
Blood test also shows promise in detecting Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and breast cancer!
This blood test also shows promise in detecting Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and breast cancer. The team of osteopathic physicians working on this test believe that healthy lifestyle is the best medicine for disease prevention. They are hoping that this blood test will give people time to transition to a healthy lifestyle in order to improve their overall health.(3)
Remember it is never too late to take control of your lifestyle. How you treat your body today can impact how your body treats you tomorrow. Find a healthy diet that suits your lifestyle and plan time in for self care and exercise!