Can Alzheimer's be Prevented?

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

Recently I noticed an article published in Scientific American that succinctly summarized the current state of treatment and our march toward a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

For those of you who would appreciate a slightly more comprehensive overview of our current knowledge about AD, I recommend this recently updated report from the National Institute on Aging. It concisely describes the scientific landscape in terms of the pathology of AD, risk factors (including how to manage them), and treatment strategies (both current and in the pipeline).

The title of the report is Can Alzheimer's be Prevented? There is growing evidence for the case that, for may of us, it can probably be delayed until we are likely to die from some other malady. We call this concept "Prevention through Delay".

One day we will have a cure but for now, prevention through delay offers a realistic approach to reducing the tragic impact of this poorly understood disease.

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