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Alzheimer causes

Postby Prof. Mental Health » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:34 pm

Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that deteriorates the brain, relapse memory, perception, learning and reasoning capacities. Scientists reasoned that Alzheimer's disease is a consequence of a raise in the manufacturing or creation of a precise protein known as beta-amyloidal protein in the brain that results to the malfunctioning or total death of nerve cells. It is prevalent among people aged 65 to 85 years of age. It is been research the occurrence of Alzheimer disease will be prevalent in the next ten years.

Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia which involves major loss of thinking abilities such as the memory competence, bad enough to hinder the societal or career functioning of individual concerned. Dementia starts slowly and advances as time goes on. There are so many symptoms associated with dementia. First of all, the memory starts fading, it becomes hard for such individuals to remember current events such as forgetting to put off the cooker after cooking and not remembering to switch off the television and such related things like that. As it advances it causes minor mental health disorders and the individual’s reasoning is affected much more. If it is somebody that works with figures, it becomes difficult for such a one to properly understand the calculations. Infact, it may result in confusion. Then afterwards, a behavioral change starts occurring regularly, for example the person becomes bad tempered and may not be able to dress appropriately. This progresses until the patient losses touch with the environment and later die as a result of not being able to care for themselves. People rarely die from the Alzheimer’s disease itself.

The cause of this disease can be traced to increase in certain protein known as amaloid beta peptide protein. Initially, the body will be able to break down and remove them from the body. But, when this protein increases the body finds it difficult to split and carry away the protein. With this inability of the body to deal with the excess protein, its gathers between the nerve cells of the brain which in the long run results in the death of the nerve cells. This process is called the “amyloid cascade hypothesis” which is known to be the fundamental cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

Another school of thought put it forward that the oxidative harm due to free radicals in the brain can also be said to cause the buildup of Alzheimer disease. Neurons can be damage by free radicals because of their small normal antioxidant count and the high percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acid present in the membranes.

To effectively diagnose the Alzheimer disease, inquiries can be made from family members or care givers as regards to the individual’s life style to know the level the disease have reached. This is because the individual involved may not be able to say anything as regard the condition because of the mental disorder.

In finding preventions for this mental disorder, it has been researched that individuals involved in social interaction and educational activities that have to do with reading, playing chess, crossword puzzles have low risk of contracting the disease. People learning new languages also have low risk of having Alzheimer disease.
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