Early detection is key in the prevention of Alzheimer’s

Right now, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s. Much like other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s is a disease that can be managed with medical care[1].  In addition, there are now treatments that can help to prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s, especially when it is caught early on.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved five different medications[2] to help treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease:

  • DonepezilSold under the brand name Aricept.
  • GalantamineSold under the brand name Razadyne.
  • MemantineSold under the brand name Namenda.
  • Rivastigmine – Sold under the brand name Exelon.
  • Donepezil + MemantineSold under the brand name Namzaric.

As with all medications, pharmaceutical substances used to treat Alzheimer’s come with many side effects and have varying degrees of efficacy depending on a number of factors. Most important, the medications do not prevent the ongoing decline that occurs with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Bredesen is a leader in the treatment of Alzheimer’s precisely because his work has identified how Alzheimer’s develops on the molecular level. By using genetic tests and precisely calibrated ReCODE diagnostic tools, it is now possible to aggressively treat Alzheimer’s either before it has developed, especially during the earlier stages of the disease (although some later stage patients have also shown response).

A customized, multifaceted approach to treating Alzheimer’s can help prevent symptoms.

In short, the earlier a person can detect their likelihood of an elevated risk of developing Alzheimer’s later in life or the presence of Alzheimer’s in its beginning phase, the better the outlook.  Once a comprehensive blood test has been performed, a personalized prevention and treatment program can then be devised.

Using the ReCODE protocols, your doctor can use the results of your APOE test to design a customized plan of action to ensure that you continue to enjoy a healthy, alert brain for years to come.