If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you know the impact Alzheimer’s has had on my life and my family’s life. When I read the following article a year ago, I saw a light at the end of the tunnel for all of those suffering through this disease, either a victim themselves or as a bystander:
More than five million Americans suffer from this disease. Although there is still no cure, Dr. Reisa Sperling, Harvard neurologist and Alzheimer’s researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, is leading a new drug trial which she hopes will help people prevent and even reverse Alzheimer’s.
«So how does it work? Alzheimer’s is associated with heavy protein buildup in the brain, referred to as amyloid. This buildup is linked to cognitive decline and memory loss. The new drug, solanezumab, is designed to stop the amyloid buildup in patients who experience early warning signs. It’s currently being tested in the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study (A4 study, for short).»
Dr. David Perlmutter, a leading doctor involved in Alzheimer’s research, also suggests that a change in diet an exercise can help prevent the onset of the disease. Dr. Perlmutter suggests eating a diet low in sugars and carbs, and concentrate on foods high in antioxidants, prebiotic fiber and healthy fats.
For more information about the A4 clinical trial and how you can volunteer, head to A4study.org, or call 1-844-A-4-STUDY. For more information about other Alzheimer’s clinical trials in your area, go to Alz.org.