2019: Potential Sources of Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease can take a devastating toll on older people diagnosed with the disease as well as their caregivers. The exact causes of Alzheimer’s haven’t been identified, but there are many possible reasons for the development of this brain disease. Here are some potential causes linked to the development of Alzheimer’s.

Oral Infections

Oral infections caused by P. gingivalis produce toxins that can build up in the brain, raising the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. While researchers believe there’s a link between P. gingivalis and Alzheimer’s, they aren’t sure how the oral bacteria ends up in the brain tissue. P. gingivalis gives rise to gingipains, which are toxins that damage brain cells. While the research linking Alzheimer’s to oral bacteria is still in its early stages, it’s prudent to make sure your senior loved one brushes and flosses regularly and sees the dentist twice a year. 

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Down Syndrome

Seniors with Down syndrome may be at higher risk for Alzheimer’s than those without Down syndrome. The genetic mutation responsible for Down syndrome may also lead to the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain. Over time, this accumulation can raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. While there are certain medical tests that can identify chromosomal abnormalities responsible for Down syndrome, there are no known diagnostic chromosomal or genetic tests for Alzheimer’s disease.

Cigarette Smoking

Smoking causes vascular insufficiency and circulation problems, which can prevent oxygen from getting to the brain. Vascular problems can also cause brain bleeds and strokes, which may also raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Also, disease-causing toxins found in cigarette smoke can cause free radical damage and oxidative stress in the brain. Smoking also increases inflammation, which has also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one smokes and is unable to quit, ask the doctor to recommend some smoking cessation treatments. It’s never too late to reap the benefits of not smoking. 

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Lyme Disease

Bacteria responsible for causing Lyme disease has been detected in the brain cells of people with Alzheimer’s. Lyme disease triggers an immune response that may increase the amount of amyloid plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques are strongly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Even when the Lyme bacteria is dormant from an infection that occurred many years before, it can become active again. When the bacteria is reactivated, the risk of Alzheimer’s rises. Also, untreated Lyme disease may be more likely to be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s than Lyme disease that was effectively treated with antibiotics. The hallmark sign of Lyme disease is a bullseye rash, so if your loved one develops an unusual rash that resembles a bullseye, see a doctor right away.

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