Wednesday, November 26, 2008

In case you missed this comment, http://www.blogger.com/profile/11110241396415155655 said...
I'm sorry but all 'ways to keep Alzheimer's away' simply aren't plausible. Alzheimer's is a physical brain disease. You can do all the brain exercises you want but it will still happen if you are so genetically disposed. If brain exercises work then why did intelligent authors like Terry Pratchett get it and Iris Murdoch who continued writing with it too? And countless others who kept their brain active?More research needs to be done. Alzheimer's is a disease just like cancer and heart disease. You can do an amount in terms of diet in the hope you won't get ill but what is needed is real recognition that this disease is endemic and needs the best drugs available to help fight it. These drugs must not be spurned because of expense. More practical help is needed for sufferers and carers and this costs money. Governments need to recognise Alzheimer's is as prevalent (if not more so) than cancer and deserves the corresponding attention.



Sally is right Alzheimer's disease is a disease like cancer. Just like with cancer, heart disease, and other seious illnesses, if you take good care of yourself physically and mentally, you will get the disease later than you would if you did not take care of yourself.



True some highly intelligent people came down with Alzheimer's disease. However what about their lifestye. Was it healthy?



Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are complex. Like cancer, it is going to take a lot of research and clinical trials to finally find a cure. It will be expensive. It will take time.



Healthy lifestyle habits are something you can do right now. Although it may not prevent Alzheimer's disease if you are genetically predisposed to getting it, it will delay the onset and slow the progression.



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