Health & Fit This Could Be the Earliest Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease (Hint: It’s Not Getting Lost)

21:22  13 september  2017
21:22  13 september  2017 Source:   Reader's Digest

With aging population, death rates from Alzheimer's are on the rise according to new reports

  With aging population, death rates from Alzheimer's are on the rise according to new reports New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that deaths from Alzheimer's disease have increased by more than 50 percent in the past 15 years in the USA. The figures now make Alzheimer's the sixth-leading cause of death in the US, with estimations suggesting that 1 every 10 Americans age 65 and older has the condition. Alzheimer's also accounts for the majority of cases of dementia, and in addition to causing cognitive impairment and behavioral decline, can also cause conditions such as pneumonia and blood clots.Although the causes of Alzheimer's are still unclear, one of the reasons for the increase is that Americans are living longer.

Keep an eye out for more of the earliest signs of Alzheimer ’ s . In the meantime, you can take up these 36 daily habits to prevent Alzheimer ’ s disease . Get our weekly Health Reads newsletter. Email address. Sign Up. how we use your e-mail.

Dementia symptoms - THIS could be the earliest sign of Alzheimer ’ s disease . However, experts believe they have found the earliest signs of dementia, which occurs long before obvious symptoms are noticed.

  This Could Be the Earliest Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease (Hint: It’s Not Getting Lost) © Chinnapong/shutterstock Can’t tell Times Square from Timbuktu? Your poor sense of direction could be a bigger issue than you originally thought. In fact, struggling to create a mental map in your mind might be an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research from Washington University in St. Louis. Keep an eye out for more of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s.

Three groups of participants participated in the study: healthy people, adults with early-stage Alzheimer’s, and people with preclinical disease. Although those with preclinical disease don’t show any symptoms yet, they have lower levels of a certain biomarker, which can be a sign of the disease before diagnosis. This newly discovered symptom might be an early sign of dementia, too.

Sleep problems: An early warning sign of Alzheimer's?

  Sleep problems: An early warning sign of Alzheimer's? <p>A small study suggests that poor sleep may be a "modifiable" risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.</p>The results of the small study hint that people with a higher-than-normal risk of Alzheimer's disease who had worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more markers for Alzheimer's disease in their spinal fluid than those who didn't have sleep issues.

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But if memory problems are seriously affecting your daily life, they could be early signs of Alzheimer ' s disease . This is the most common symptom. Do you easily forget information you just learned? Do you lose track of important dates, names, and events?

A virtual computer maze tested the spatial navigational skills of all three groups. As the researchers anticipated, the participants with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease received a lower score than the healthy group did. However, those with preclinical Alzheimer’s performed poorly, too. That could mean that difficulty using a map (or other lack of navigational skills) might be a symptom of the disease that shows up decades or more before a patient is diagnosed.

“Spatial navigation abilities, particularly the ability to form a mental map of the environment, are associated with a brain structure called the hippocampus,” said study author Denise Head, PhD. “Changes to this structure seem to occur before individuals are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.”

The Physical Exercise That Can Reverse Signs Of Aging In The Brain

  The Physical Exercise That Can Reverse Signs Of Aging In The Brain Dance class can help reverse some signs of aging in the brain by enlarging the hippocampus and improving balance. Dance class can help reverse some signs of aging in the brain by enlarging the hipp Dancing, whether professionally or recreationally, requires strength, suppleness, coordination and balance. It's an enjoyable physical and mental exercise that helps you become more physically active and keeps your mind sharp. A recent study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience has found dance classes can even reverse some signs of aging in the brain.

Learn the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer ’ s disease . People with Alzheimer ' s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately.

Five hidden signs you could have early Alzheimer ’ s Disease . EMOTIONAL? Feeling depressed can be an early warning sign of Alzheimer ’ s Disease . However, this doesn’t mean you will get Alzheimer ’ s if you are diagnosed will depression.

If you can’t live without your GPS, though, you can rest easy. Further research is needed before researchers can confidently say whether everyone with navigational challenges will go on to develop Alzheimer’s. In the meantime, you can take up these 36 daily habits to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

But you should still discuss these symptoms with your doctor, especially if they’re new and you’re under the age of 50, says study coauthor John Morris, MD, director of the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine. Your doctor may recommend a few neuro-imaging tests to evaluate your brain’s structure and functioning. Thankfully, the future in this field looks bright; new technology could soon reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients.

Related video: Can this eye scan detect Alzheimer's years in advance? [via USA Today]

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