About the Disease

Alzheimer’s disease was discovered and named in 1905 by German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer.

Since it’s discovery, there is no known cure, and the disease is terminal. The most fundamental beginnings and tell-tale signs of Alzheimer’s disease, which many people may have come across, is dementia.  While there are various forms of dementia, and wide ranges of people of whom this disorder affects, Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent, and most specifically amongst those ages 65 and older.  As one ages another ten years, the risk probability doubles to roughly 20% and may increase in severity.  While the projected prevalence of this disorder may have been high for the next 50 years, many scientists assume that probability of those to be effected by dementia and Alzheimer’s will be 25% greater.

Risk factors have also shown that great probability of risk is related to the diet of the population.  Cultures that have increased exposure to aluminum, as well as less healthy foods such as foods high in saturated fat, and cholesterol, have been proven to have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.  These dietary risks can be counteracted by proper preventative medicines such as anti-inflammatories as well as cholesterol lowering drugs.

While these risk factors may be proven to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease, other factors in the population may indicate who is likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s.  Those of us who are smokers, and do not exercise regularly have increased exposure to the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease.  Again, if one does not exercise regularly, and has dietary issues (with saturated fatty acids and high-cholesterol food items) this may lead to other offshoot problems such as high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis, both of which can indicate a future with Alzheimer’s.

Finally one important facet of these studies has shown that, definitively, there are ways to tell who won’t get Alzheimer’s disease.  Those of us who are mentally active at an older age, as well as able to stay mentally healthy (by exercise, friendships, and support/social circles) are less likely to get Alzheimer’s.