The Alzheimer is a localized brain disease that causes progressive loss of memory, thinking and incoherence send signals motor (movement) to the rest of the body. It is a normal condition of age. Because it can happen to anyone, today we anticipate to show you the signs so you can discover how to know if you have Alzheimer’s or are showing the first signs.

According to the Alzheimer Association , this disease is the number one cause of dementia in people over 65 years of age. In more concrete numbers, it affects more than 44 million people around the world, it is estimated that in 2050 the affected people will be 135 million.

What does Alzheimer’s do to the brain?

From a biochemical point of view, Alzheimer’s causes the death of neurons (which can no longer regenerate) in the brain. Its decrease causes the progressive shrinkage of the brain thus affecting all its functions. We must not forget that neurons are the transmitters of signals to the rest of the body, they are the messengers of orders from the brain, if these are not there, the central nervous system does not send all the signals and motor coordination is largely annual.

Signs to know if you have Alzheimer’s

These are some of the main signs that can indicate that you have Alzheimer’s , although there can also be similarities with senile dementia , memory problems or even arteriosclerosis.

Solving problems becomes more difficult

This is one of the characteristic signs of Alzheimer’s , with the passing of days and weeks, those cognitive problems that were easy to solve now require more efforts. Preparing a cooking recipe, performing an arithmetic operation, among other similar tasks, becomes complicated and even impossible to solve.

Memory changes

At this point it deals with different aspects such as forgetting events, newly learned information and dates. These are the first and best known signs of this disease. Over time the person begins to depend on the notepad, agendas, schedule on smartphones and reminders in various places around the house.

The conversation is not coherent

The alteration of the brain by Alzheimer’s causes variation in the fluency of words. If this disease progresses further on the left side, then the person will be unable to express their thoughts with finesse. The language area is located on the left side and its pronunciation runs on the right side of the brain, when the condition has advanced too far, the person loses the ability to express themselves.

As mentioned, the disease appears from the age of 65, but if you have a similar family history it can be evident from the age of 40. But this is an advantage since you can put into practice some activities to avoid its appearance, eat several foods that contain Omega 3, for example or carry out activities to improve the brain’s capacity .

Time and place orientation overridden

Like the other signs, suffering from Alzheimer’s causes loss of orientation in time , the person does not know what day it is and if he does, he immediately forgets. The places where you have spent your whole life become unknown, sometimes you are transported to a place and you do not know how you got to that point.

Eyesight is affected

It no longer detects the tonality of colors normally, reading becomes difficult, images are confused with other parts and the distraction appears immediately. In addition, the eyes are damaged by dryness when trying to open them for longer times.

Good judgment decreases and mood swings

Making the right decisions becomes a problem. It is often seen that people with Alzheimer’s rule money, get upset about decisions for their benefit, do not like relaxing activities, among others.

Tips to avoid Alzheimer’s

  • Socializing, the practice of speaking stimulates the synaptic connection and covers them with myelin (necessary for signals to pass between them), in this way they are more strengthened.
  • A healthy diet, you have to take care of this aspect, especially if you have already exceeded 40 years. Try to include Omega 3 and antioxidants, both components help the brain. Avoiding trans or saturated fats is also recommended.
  • Exercising, performing physical routines, lowers blood pressure and stress disappears. At the same time, the blood supply to the veins of the brain increases and that translates into better activity for both hemispheres.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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