An Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis is nothing short of tragic for the patient and loved ones. A well-trod path of memory loss, diminished physical capabilities and a slow, cruel decline almost always await Alzheimer’s patients.
That’s why new research from UCLA is so promising and exciting. Researchers found ways – for the first time – to reverse memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s. And the best part is, surgery and drugs aren’t involved.
The treatment involves a drastic, complex mix of behavior changes, but they’re things anyone can do and they’re certainly better than Alzheimer’s.
Patients in the study did things like meditate twice a day, use an electric toothbrush, eliminate simple carbohydrates and gluten, exercise consistently and begin a vitamin and supplement regime. There are 36 steps in all.
Alzheimer’s research doesn’t pinpoint one cause or symptom, but a broad range for people afflicted.
“That suggested that a broader-based therapeutic approach, rather than a single drug that aims at a single target, may be feasible and potentially more effective for the treatment of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s,” UCLA researcher Dr. Dale Bredesen said.
Bredesen crafted a treatment just as broad to cover everything from hormone levels to oral hygiene to mind-body health.
UCLA’s was only a small study, with 10 patients. But nine of them saw improvements to their memories within six months, some even functioning at higher levels than before.
Alzheimer’s was first recognized as a disease more than 100 years ago, but progress on treating it has been agonizingly slow. With no drugs to treat the actual disease, these findings by UCLA are great news for Alzheimer’s patients. Let’s hope larger studies support Bredesen’s findings and lead to new Alzheimer treatments.