Many people believe that Alzheimer's disease is only found in adults and especially those above 65 years – This is a common misconception, 20-30% of patients with Alzheimer's disease are said to be under 65 years.
Alzheimer's disease, also known as Senile Dementia is a neurodegenerative disorder. It is caused by damage in the hippocampus which is responsible for encoding memories and preserving them. The hippocampus of the brain also functions in the thinking and decision-making process. This means that a plaque or blockage in the hippocampus can lead to Alzheimer’s and affect the thought process of that individual.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Dangers
The peculiarity of Alzheimer's disease is that it is progressive, causing brain shrinkage (atrophy) and death of brain cells. Alzheimer's disease regenerates into cognitive and behavioural impairment, giving many of the symptoms we recognise.
Although Alzheimer's can lead to dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is not the same as dementia. They are two different diseases with unique symptoms. Dementia is a disease consisting of a group of symptoms such as forgetfulness, aggressiveness, and poor decision-making. Research further explains that a larger percentage of those with dementia are victims of Alzheimer's.
Past and present reports suggest that the likelihood of Alzheimer's disease is higher at age 65 and above. This indicates that symptoms like forgetfulness and memory loss in adults above 65 years may be signs of Alzheimer's disease.
Is there a cure for Alzheimer's?
Since the damage caused by Alzheimer's is progressive, the disease is incurable. However, scientists and neurologists have researched treatment options to reduce the progression of symptoms, hence, boosting the sufferer’s function for a while. Management practices for the health of the individual can be enhanced to alleviate the condition.
Before Alzheimer's disease advances, the noticeable symptoms can be attacked to lessen the severity. The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include disorientation, loss of concentration, repeating oneself, forgetting recent conversations, appointments, and events. The sufferer may even forget the names of family and acquaintances. Often, victims make unexpected decisions and make poor choices.
At present, there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but studies show a lot of promise by identifying the early signs of Alzheimer's in an individual before it becomes severe. Early signs are apathy, mood swings, aggressiveness, delusions and reclusiveness, while late signs include severe memory impairment. In this case, the disease is well established and may be difficult to manage.
Is Alzheimer's disease the same as Dementia?
While research and information have proven that dementia and Alzheimer's disease are two different things, they are interrelated. Dementia is a group of symptoms with no diagnosis. Studies show that most Dementia cases are caused by Alzheimer's disease. Some of the causes of dementia are:
- Damaged brain cells - The brain cells become damaged as a result of inflammation. Blood flow to the brain through the arteries is blocked thereby making its walls constricted.
- Parkinson's disease - This is caused by lowered dopamine production. Its symptoms are tremor, slow and irregular movement.
- Huntington's disease - It is an inherited disorder of the brain. Some of its symptoms include mood swings, poor coordination, and physical unsteadiness. It is a common disease in Europe and India.
- Vascular dementia - Vascular dementia results from Ischemia stroke. It often involves problems with reasoning, judgment, and memory processes.
- Frontotemporal dementia - This is often marked by depression and psychosis. It is caused by the loss of nerve cells in the frontal lobe.
The implications of Alzheimer's disease and its influence on Dementia makes treatment complicated. Chosen treatment for the diseases is dependent on the causes of Dementia. However, CBD has played a critical role in propagating treatment to patients suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia.
CBD for Alzheimer's disease and Dementia
Worldwide, 24 million people suffer from Alzheimer's and Dementia and prevalence is on the increase. Alzheimer's disease is said to be caused by a protein (amyloid) building in the brain, which is the main reason for inflammation. The result of this effect is the release of oxygen in the brain that can damage the brain's cells.
Research is starting to show that CBD has preventive and reversing curative properties for the disease and its severity, thus helping people manage the symptoms of Dementia.
In addition, CBD reduces inflammation of the brain because of its neuroprotective components. Inflammation is caused by blockages in the brain's immune cells. Oxygen in the brain emanates from toxic release due to inflammation.
CBD has no intoxicative or psychoactive components. Studies have found CBD to be a better antioxidant in reducing further development of symptoms, which clinically has helped to reduce stress levels and actively act as a brain stimulant.