Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease

Did you know that every four seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? According to this video, it’s true. Not only that, Alzheimer’s affects over 40 million people worldwide.

You would think that with so many people impacted there would be something close to a cure or at least and effective treatment. But sadly, that’s not the case and the problem is only getting worse.

Alzheimer’s disease was discovered in 1901. It results when certain plaques and tangles work in tandem to breakdown the brain’s structure.

The first sign of Alzheimer’s is usually short memory loss. But as it progresses, patient will lose the ability to reason and will have erratic mood swings. There can even be paranoia and hallucinations.

In the final stages of Alzheimer’s, long term memories will be erased. And then the parts of the brain that control breathing and heart rate will be impacted, which leads to death.

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