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Caffeine And Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's Disease

Lead Researcher Dr. Abhishek Mohan of the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, United States informed the Journal of Caffeine Research of his findings that caffeine in coffee can half the levels of a protein that is thought to be the cause of Alzheimer’s.

Beta amyloid the protein that is strongly implicated in Alzheimer’s disease is believed to leave sticky protein fragments in the brain.

These fragments begin destroying the neuronal junction (impulses between two nerve cells (neurons)) before it clumps into plaques going on to disrupt and destroy the nerve cells.

There are a limited number of drugs that are used to treat the disease, however, the drugs used are limited to treating the symptoms of the disease rather than tackling the root of a disease that goes on to cause utter devastation in the life of the sufferer, eventually stripping them of any and all dignity as the disease gets worse.
Not forgetting their family who can only stand by and watch as the disease eats away at their loved one’s brain cells.

Alzheimer’s The Research

What Dr. Abhishek Mohan and his research team have shown using mice is a positive step forward they show how the caffeine in coffee helps prevent a build-up of Beta-amyloid by either preventing them from forming or helping the brain to rid itself of them.
Possible new and better treatments on the back of research such as this may bring a greater understanding of Dementia as a whole and new treatment aimed at prevention.

For those who already suffer this form of Dementia such treatment would go a long way to slowing the process down.

My family have someone who suffers Alzheimer’s he does not even remember who his wife is (married 50 plus years standing), if he needs the toilet he has to be lifted by machine, he cannot just get up and walk as you or I would …Why? He can’t walk any-more, something you and I probably take for granted.
For my relative’s walking became a luxury until it took that away from him. He now finds himself confined to a wheelchair.

I visit and watch on as he slowly deteriorates physically and mentally knowing there is nothing I can do to help, only watch, and wait as his immediate family has to. There is nothing any of us can do but wait for the inevitable to happen.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease

A particular subject discussed between two friends (family) could it be called a chat, a heart to heart, one to one or maybe a chin-wag, what-ever its called the topic of this particular conversation was Alzheimer’s and how it differs from Cancer.

Alzheimer's

The disease, named after the doctor who first described it (Alois Alzheimer), is a physical disease that affects the brain. It’s a progressive mental deterioration of the brain and can affect a sufferer over many years.

As time moves on the disease eats away at the brain. In the early stages, memory lapses may cause difficulty recalling recent events and learning new information. In the later stages, they will probably need help with every aspect of day to day living.

There are approximately more than 510,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer’s disease and you do not necessarily have to be elderly to be affected.

Early-onset Alzheimer’s affects people in their 40’s and 50’s. Here in the UK Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in younger people with around one-third of them with dementia suffering Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimers Society).

Cancer

Cells in our body are constantly dividing replacing old cells for new ones. Cancer starts when old cells being replaced with new ones go out of control producing more than needed.

The body replaces these old for new however sometimes more cells than needed are produced these extra cells are placed on-top of themselves which forms the makings of a tumour (becoming either benign or malignant).

There are many forms of Cancer each with there own name and treatment regime. Both Cancer and Alzheimer’s bring devastation to both sufferer and family.

We both have people within our family suffering from both these soul-destroying diseases, we had been discussing which one of them was the worse (Alzheimer’s/Cancer) I personally think they’re as bad as each other. In the end, they both devastate families by bringing about, sooner or later, the loss of a loved one.


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