What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative neurologic disorder that causes the brain to shrink and die. It has been called 'the most common cause of dementia' which slowly eats away at your ability to function independently as it impedes cognitive skills, behavioral patterns, and social interaction.
In Alzheimer's, amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles develop in the brain. The classic plaques are 'senile' and laden with beta-amyloid protein which is toxic for neuron cells. However, they are an end result of a complex chain of events that include increased oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and tau protein hyperphosphorylation which leads to cell death, energy depletion, and synaptic loss.
Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease:
The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are numerous and can affect your ability to function independently. They include:
Dementia:People with Alzheimer's disease usually have a severe cognitive decline which makes it difficult for them to recognize friends or family that they once knew well. As the disease progresses, victims become easily confused or disoriented while forgetting recent events or new information even though their long-term memory remains intact. They gradually lose the ability to express and comprehend language clearly, leading them to make up words or simply stop talking altogether. Their mood also becomes unstable as they develop anxiety and behavioral issues such as insomnia, hallucinations, aggression, delusions, or even depression.
Loss of motor skills:Alzheimer's disease progressively restricts your movement skills while impairing your coordination and balance. Your body slowly loses its strength leading to muscle tremors, stiffness, and poor posture while also impairing fine motor skills. Eventually, you may have trouble dressing or eating on your own.
Depression:The loss of cognitive skills and independence can make people with Alzheimer's feel helpless which then leads to depression (and vice-versa). It can also cause mood swings or even feelings of anxiety when your loved ones try to help.
Physical issues:As Alzheimer's disease progresses, you may develop vision problems such as tunnel vision or double vision. You could also have trouble eating or swallowing which leads to weight loss and malnutrition. Your skin starts feeling dry, wrinkled, and flaky as your bodily functions deteriorate. Problems that originated from other health issues can also worsen with Alzheimer's.
Hallucinations:Due to the decline in cognitive function, people with Alzheimer's may start having visual or auditory hallucinations where they see things that are not real or hear voices that no one else hears. These hallucinations can be very scary and confusing for the victim.
Treatment Options:Alzheimer's is a disease that does not have an established cure. One treatment, aducanumab (Aduhelm™), has demonstrated the ability to remove amyloid from patients with early Alzheimer’s and improve their cognitive function. Other treatments can slow dementia symptoms temporarily but there need to be better ways for those living with this condition as well as caregivers of sufferers.
Who should take Aducanumab?
Aducanumab helps people with Alzheimer’s disease. Research has shown that aducanumab is most effective when it is used to treat those who are in the early stages of dementia, such as mild cognitive impairment or those at stage 1 on the rating scale (Petersen).
For more information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4113848/#B5
Can Aducanumab restore memory functions?
There are no studies suggesting that it can restore memory functions, nonetheless, it can slow down the progression of the disease.
How do I receive this treatment?
Aducanumab may be a treatment option for those experiencing memory changes. It is important to speak with your doctor about any symptoms of Alzheimer's disease so they can assess you and help determine if this drug could be the right fit. If you or someone close to you has been noticing unusual behaviors, it’s important that they see their healthcare provider as soon as possible because there are treatments available now that weren't around before! Aducanumab is one such medication that might work well in some people who have early-stage dementia - talk with your health care professional today to get more information on what options might best suit you.
How is this drug administered?
Aducanumab is administered intravenously (IV) via a 45- to 60-minute infusion every 4 weeks. Infusion can be done at hospitals or infusion therapy centers. To book this treatment, you can call us right now or use our online scheduler.
Alzheimer's disease IV Therapy:
An IV nutrient therapy, known as Alzheimer's Disease (IV) Therapy has proven to be a safe and natural way for boosting cognitive function, mood, sleep patterns, physical strength, and wellbeing. It is also clinically proven more effective than Aricept® in restoring cognition for people with dementia due to Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer's Disease IV Therapy provides vital nutrients to the brain and surrounding tissues, restoring energy levels and oxygen dynamics while also stimulating neurogenesis (the body's ability to grow new cells). Due to this dynamic process, the growth of new neurons is stimulated which leads to an increase in mental capacity, better comprehension, and memory recall.
The infusion of nutrients also reduces the symptoms of Alzheimer's like depression and anxiety while even improving physical strength and motor coordination. When you feel mentally clear, alert, and strong, your mood will start feeling better which allows for a better quality of life overall. If you are concerned about Alzheimer's disease or any other dementia-related conditions please contact us.