Here are some myths and facts regarding the Alzheimer’s disease which is concerned with the loss of cognitive functions and memory.
Myth: If you are over 65, you are a prime candidate for acquiring the Alzheimer’s disease.
Fact: It is still not clear as to what precipitates the onset of this disease. There are people who are into their eighties and nineties who remarkably retain many of their cognitive functions. All one can say is that the risk of acquiring the Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, but is not part of the normal ageing process.
Myth: Natural therapies can cure Alzheimer’s disease.
Fact: Once the disease has set in, there is very little one could do to reverse the progression of the disease. However, some nutrients can help to delay the onset of the disease. Most of the chronic diseases, as well as accelerated ageing, are believed to occur as a result of oxidative stress. This phenomenon occurs as a result of the constant bombardment of the cells by the free radicals which are being continuously produced in the body as a result of normal metabolic reactions. Hence diets rich in antioxidants can slow down the process of ageing and delay the onset of the Alzheimer’s disease.
Myth: The Alzheimer’s disease affects only the elderly.
Fact: This myth was for a long time associated with cardiovascular diseases. It was believed that heart attacks can occur only after the age of fifty. This myth has been shattered as below forty heart attacks have become very common. Likewise, The Alzheimer’s disease has been encountered in individuals who are in their thirties and forties.
Myth: Alzheimer’s disease is not fatal.
Fact: Although this disease does not kill immediately, ultimately, it can lead to death. Everyone associates the disease only with the memory loss. The memory loss is only part of the disease. Gradually, many functions of the brain and hence of the body will be affected and death will ensue.
Myth: Some amount of memory loss is always normal.
Fact: This statement is true to a certain extent, but is not gospel. All of us forget something or other as we age. This is not considered as memory loss. It is part of ageing. Serious lapses in memory like forgetting the name of your wife or son necessitates the need for further evaluation.