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Maybe It's Not Alzheimer's

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Friday, 29 December 2017 01:42 PM Current | Bio | Archive

About 5.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and more are being diagnosed every day.

Among people 65 and older, the rate of Alzheimer's has gone up tenfold in the past few decades — and 24-fold among those under 65.

But here's an even more disturbing fact. According to a new study, most people diagnosed with Alzheimer's don't even have it.

Instead, they have other problems that were missed — and could have been treated if simply looked for!

Researchers in Hawaii autopsied the brains of 426 Japanese-American men who died at an average age of 87; 211 of them had been diagnosed with dementia when they were alive, usually from Alzheimer's disease.

(Sixty to 80 percent of cases of dementia are diagnosed as Alzheimer's. Most other cases are diagnosed as vascular dementia, caused by poor circulation to the brain and by strokes.)

The autopsies revealed that about half of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease didn't have toxic clumps (amyloid) and tangles of protein (tau) that are the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease.

This study was reported at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, and it confirms what I have long said, written about and practiced: many (if not most) people diagnosed with Alzheimer's do not have the disease.

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Sixty to 80 percent of cases of dementia are diagnosed as Alzheimer's. Most other cases are diagnosed as vascular dementia, caused by poor circulation to the brain and by strokes.
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