Saturday, December 27, 2008

Blood sugar loss may trigger Alzheimer's

A new study in the journal Neuron "suggests that improving blood flow to the brain might be an effective therapeutic approach to prevent or treat Alzheimer's". These finding should be of particular interest to anyone suffering from high cholesterol or hypertension (high blood pressure). A previous study showed that high cholesterol in your 40s increases the odds of contracting Alzheimer's disease by 50 percent. Another research study showed that high blood pressure drugs may prevent the cognitive decline caused by Alzheimer's disease.

A study by the Alzheimer's Association indicates that as many as ten million baby boomers could suffer from Alzheimer's. Right now, every 71 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
The finding could lead to strategies such as exercise, reducing cholesterol and managing blood pressure to keep Alzheimer's at bay, Robert Vassar, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

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