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Your Blood Could Reveal Earliest Detection of Alzheimer’s

Your Blood Could Reveal Earliest Detection of Alzheimer’s
January 31
20:39 2019

Alzheimer’s disease is rapidly reaching epidemic proportions here in the United States.

Why?

More Americans are living longer and age seems to have a role in Alzheimer’s. Sadly, this is a fatal disease, but it often takes years of slow progression before it robs one of their life. It first robs them of their mind and then their ability to move and function.

There is a ton of research being conducted all over the world on how to better treat people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Many of these research projects offer rays of hope, but most still face years of more research, followed by clinical testing before being made available to patients.

In the meantime, the earlier Alzheimer’s is detected, the better the chance of delaying or slowing down the deadly progression. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 10 early signs and symptoms to watch for:

1 – Loss of memory that is sufficient to disrupt daily life.

2 – Having difficulty in solving problems or simple planning.

3 – Finding that normal tasks at home, work or leisure are more difficult to complete.

4 – Being confused about where you are at or the time of day.

5 – Difficulty processing or understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

6 – Increased problems with words when speaking and writing.

7 – Losing and misplacing more things than usual.

8 – Lesser ability to make sound judgments.

9 – Withdrawing from work, social activities, family and friends.

10 – Obvious signs of a change in personality and moods.

The Alzheimer’s Association, if you observe any of these early symptoms in yourself or others, see your doctor as soon as possible as it improves treatment options. Like so many other diseases, the earlier detected, the better off for the patient.

The problem with waiting for the symptoms listed above to be manifested is that the disease is already progressing along.

But what if there was a test that could detect Alzheimer’s much earlier than waiting for these signs to show? Such a test has been found, according to this report:

“Years before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease manifest, the brain starts changing and neurons are slowly degraded. Scientists at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH) and the University Hospital Tuebingen now show that a protein found in the blood can be used to precisely monitor disease progression long before first clinical signs appear. This blood marker offers new possibilities for testing therapies. The study was carried out in cooperation with an international research team and published in the journal Nature Medicine.”

Mathias Jucker, a senior researcher at the DZNE’s Tuebingen site and at the HIH, commented about the importance of this new research:

“The fact that there is still no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s is partly because current therapies start much too late.”

“Our blood test does not look at the amyloid, but at what it does in the brain, namely neurodegeneration. In other words, we look at the death of neurons.”

“Normally, however, such proteins are rapidly degraded in the blood and are therefore not very suitable as markers for a neurodegenerative disease. An exception, however, is a small piece of so-called neurofilament that is surprisingly resistant to this degradation.”

“It is not the absolute neurofilament concentration, but its temporal evolution, which is meaningful and allows predictions about the future progression of the disease. We were able to predict loss of brain mass and cognitive changes that actually occurred two years later,”

The difference could be having a longer productive and functional life before entering the crippling phases of the disease. Who wouldn’t want a year or two more of quality life?

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