Other medications may be needed to control aggressive, agitated, or dangerous behavior. These are usually in very low doses. Antioxidant supplements, such as ginkgo biloba and vitamin E, clean up free radicals.
These metabolic products are highly reactive and can damage cells throughout the body. Vitamin E dissolves in fat, enters the brain easily, and can slow cell damage. In a study of people with the disease who were followed for 2 years, those who used vitamin E supplements improved symptoms compared to those who took a placebo pill.
Ginkgo biloba is a herb widely used in Europe for the treatment of dementia.
It improves blood flow in the brain and contains flavonoids (plant substances) which act as antioxidants. Although many of the studies to date have been a little flawed, the idea is that ginkgo can improve thinking, learning and memory.
SUPPORT AT HOME: The presence of at least one person at home to support the patient in an advanced stage is necessary. Family members must assist the patient trying to understand how he perceives the world and groped to make it as simple as possible. Soliciting him frequently, sharing his life and his care can help keep the patient active.
You have to constantly check your eyes and ears. If problems such as cataracts or hearing problems are encountered, surgery may be required. Sufferers may have special dietary needs such as extra calories due to increased physical activity from restlessness and assistance with meals.
Patients often forget to eat and drink, and can become dehydrated very easily. Death normally occurs within 15 years, usually from infection or a failure of other body systems (muscle contractures, urinary tract infections or pneumonia, other complications related to immobility.
Falls with broken bones, loss of the ability to interact, malnutrition or dehydration, harmful behaviors towards others or towards oneself, undesirable effects of medicines). PREVENTION: It is important to contact your doctor if you have cases of Alzheimer’s in the family and for any consultation. The advice doctors can give you are.
A low-fat diet
- Eat freshwater fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel) rich in fatty acids such as omega-3 at least two or three times a week;
- Reduce the intake of linoleic acid found in margarine, butter and other dairy products;
- Increase in antioxidants such as carotenoids, abundance of fruits and vegetables;
- Maintain normal blood pressure;
- Be mentally and socially active throughout your life;
Statin, a class of drugs commonly used for high cholesterol, can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Contact your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of using these drugs for prevention.The first tests of an Alzheimer’s vaccine are currently underway.
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