WHAT IS THE CURRENT RESEARCH ON ALZHEIMER’S?

As a leading cause of death in the United States and other industrialized countries, thousands of scientists around the world are hard at work at understanding the causes of Alzheimer’s as well as treatment plans to manage the damage caused by this terrible illness.

People Living with Dementia Around the World

Research is ongoing to understand the complex biological triggers of Alzheimer’s, how to address and treat symptoms, develop medications, and develop lifestyle, dietary, and mental health programs to promote and protect the brain against Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline.

More than 1,500 clinical trials have been performed, and some of the breakthroughs discovered in this research include new ways to use brain imaging (CT, PET, and MRI scans) to help identify Alzheimer’s, especially in its earliest stages when it is easy to treat.  There are currently five medications on the market in the United States that have been approved to reduce or mitigate the destruction of brain cells caused by Alzheimer’s, and other medications are currently being evaluated.

Other avenues of research include better understanding the connection between the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and Alzheimer’s.  Scientists have discovered that HSV-1 is often found in the same areas of the brain as amyloid-beta plaques that are found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s.  Studies investigating whether Alzheimer’s can be treated with antiviral medications is ongoing.

A comprehensive program holds the most promise in the battle against Alzheimer’s.

The most promising line of research into Alzheimer’s is the application of a comprehensive program that includes a healthy diet and lifestyle, as well as numerous other personalized components, in preventing and even reversing the progression of the disease.  We use a simple blood test to screen for genetic risk (including the presence of the APOE-4 variant) and nutritional deficiencies in order to create a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals at risk of developing the disease.

To date, Dr. Bredesen and his colleagues are the only Alzheimer’s researchers who have published a comprehensive approach that includes targeted changes in lifestyle and diet, and which has been shown repeatedly to help the symptoms of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease and pre-Alzheimer’s.

A simple blood test that can be performed in the privacy of your own home will reveal the presence of key biomarkers that allow your doctor to apply the ReCODE diagnostic tools developed by Dr. Bredesen in order to create a tailored program to boost the brain’s health and fight off cognitive decline.