Alzheimer’s disease risk factors
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Researchers seem to have made significant
progress in identifying Alzheimer’s disease risk factors and developing
treatments that might delay or prevent onset of the disease.
The study provides the 4 pillars of preventive medicine - identification of
disease-related and lifestyle risk factors, pathologic consequences and impact
of AD risk factors, detection of AD risk factors and treatment of AD risk
According to Guest editor Jack C. de la Torre, MD, PhD, from the
Center for Alzheimer’s Research , Banner
Sun Health Research Institute, Sun City, Arizona, USA, pre-clinical AD become
responsive to early detection of risk factors and targeted treatments aimed at
reducing the severity and progress of the discovered pathology. And since there
are no effective treatment options—prevention becomes the alternate and
essential primary weapon to combat the disease.
The approach would be a boon to millions of people who face a range of maladies
associated with aging and cognitive decline - including multiple risk factors
that can culminate in dementia.
The authors have chalked out an AD preventive plan, which includes - early
identification of AD risk factors, early intervention based on evidence-based
medical decisions and patient follow ups.
"Moving AD from inevitable to avoidable is what we are all hoping for as we
understand the disease," commented George Perry, PhD and and Mark A. Smith, PhD,
Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s
The study appears in the Special Issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease,
Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention