Alzheimer Disease

By, Ella Wilson

Alzheimer's Symptoms

The Symptoms of Alzheimer's include a progressing and irreversible decline in memory and that can result in early death because if it gets bad enough you can forget how to eat and breathe. Alzheimers is characterized by a loss in brain mass or destruction of nerve cells.

History

Alzheimer's was first diagnosed in 1904 by German neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer. That is also how Alzheimer's got its name. Alzheimer's is a more severe form of dementia. An estimated 35.6 million people worldwide were living with dementia in 2010, and that figure was expected to double over the course of the next two decades.

Stages of the Disease

There are 3 stages of Alzheimer's, preclinical, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer dementia. As MCI progresses to Alzheimer disease, memory loss becomes more severe, and language, perceptual, and motor skills deteriorate. First symptoms of progressing of the disease is more forgetfulness.

Prevention

Vitamin B, alcohol, and caffeine can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. Unusually high levels of homocysteine have been associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer disease. Another factor associated with a decreased risk for Alzheimer disease is rheumatoid arthritis a chronic inflammatory disease of the connective tissues of the body.