Alzheimer's Disease (Biographies of Disease) by Linda C. Lu

By Linda C. Lu

This booklet offers a entire assessment of Alzheimer's ailment, together with info at the affliction's heritage, analysis, and results on kinfolk members.

• contains case examples and firsthand relatives descriptions of the disease's results to obviously illustrate the influence on victims and their enjoyed ones

• The word list lists key phrases utilized in discussing Alzheimer's disease

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Mrs. Green struggled with planning out a train route to take home. When her usual train was unavailable, she needed to study the route map and plan a different course, which she was unable to do. Using public transportation is a part of many people’s daily routine. Taking the bus to work requires planning out the bus routes in advance, as does riding the subway. This necessitates being able to think conceptually. When someone shows signs of impaired abstract thinking, the ability to plan out daily activities becomes affected.

The relationship between smoking and Alzheimer’s disease has also been studied, but again, the results are conflicting. Numerous dietary factors such as fat intake and certain vitamins have also been investigated. A diet high in saturated or transunsaturated (“trans-fat”), commonly found in processed and fried foods, and low in non-hydrogenated unsaturated fats, such as in fish or nuts, is known to be bad for the heart and overall health. Some reports have suggested a possible link to Alzheimer’s disease, but the data is mixed.

We will focus on type 2 diabetes, as we will be discussing how it relates to Alzheimer’s disease. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to meet the body’s demands. Frequently, the cells in the body also stop responding to insulin, called insulin resistance. Without enough insulin or adequate response to insulin, glucose builds up in the system. Over time, the body’s inability to maintain normal levels of glucose and insulin can cause damage to various organs, including the brain.

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