Alzheimer’s Early Detection Saves Lives
Alzheimer’s and other dementias are increasing at an alarming rate. Is there anything you can do to protect yourself? New research shows that there is. And it can be done from the comfort of your own home in just 15 minutes.
In today’s article I’m going to share with you exciting new research that shows how a simple, self-administered test can help to protect against Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Early Detection Is Crucial
Alzheimer’s and other dementias are incredibly damaging. It may be possible to reverse the conditions in many cases with smart choices in diet and lifestyle. However, it’s far better to prevent the damage in the first place.
Research has shown that by the time Alzheimer’s is usually diagnosed, as much as 50 percent of the brain cells are already affected. That means that half the brain may already be severely damaged.
The good news is that research has also shown that early detection is possible. In fact, early signs can be detected 20 years prior to the typical diagnosis.
That is very encouraging news. That means that with smart observation it’s possible to make corrections early enough to prevent damage.
Self-Administered Tests Proven To Be Effective
Some types of tests for early detection include medical imaging. For example, PET scans have been developed that can effectively detect early signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
The trouble with those types of tests is that they are very expensive. Plus, they can be very stressful for many people. And to make matters worse, the high levels of radiation may actually be harmful.
But the good news is that some researchers have been developing simple, self-administered tests that are proven to also be effective. These tests eliminate the risks and negatives of medical imaging tests. They are free, non-stressful, and involve nothing more than a pencil and paper.
The gold standard of self-administered tests is known as SAGE, which stands for self-administered gerocognitive examination. It takes just 10-15 minutes to complete, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
SAGE was developed at Ohio State University by Dr. Douglas Scharre. You can download and take the free test from the Ohio State University website here: http://wexnermedical.osu.edu/patient-care/healthcare-services/brain-spine-neuro/memory-disorders/sage#SAGE Test.
Researchers recommend taking the test several times per year and monitoring your scores over time.
Prevention Is The Ingredient For Success
Of course, taking a test that can detect early signs of cognitive decline only helps if there are ways to prevent or reverse cognitive decline. So next you need to know how to effectively protect yourself.
In this newsletter I often share with you the proven and effective ways you can protect yourself against cognitive decline and various types of dementia. Here’s a summary of some of the key things you can do.
First of all, get enough sleep every night. This may be the single most effective thing you can do to protect your brain health. Research has shown clearly that sleep deficits are associated with dementia.
Next, avoid dangerous drugs and chemicals that are proven to harm brain health. You may recall that in a previous article I mentioned that anticholinergic drugs have been proven to dramatically increase the risk of a decline in brain health. Most antihistamine drugs are also anticholinergics. That includes things like Benadryl as well as Claritin. If you take any drugs - prescription or over the counter - be sure to research whether they are anticholinergic or otherwise linked with cognitive decline.
Also, pesticides of most types can harm brain health. Avoid using any types of pesticides to protect your brain.
You may also recall that I have told you that regular sunlight exposure is essential for brain health. Research has shown that insufficient sunlight is associated with cognitive decline. So be sure to get out in the sun daily.
Reading and other activities that engage the brain have been proven to help maintain brain health. So read, do puzzles, and otherwise engage your brain in healthy ways on a daily basis.
And of course, diet and exercise also play a role in brain health. A diet that is high in fruits and vegetables protects the brain. And moderate exercise such as regular walking is associated with good brain health.
Do these things, and you’ll enjoy good cognitive health for life.