A small study from UCLA claimed there may be a way of reversing early Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer disease affects as many as 5 million citizens in the United States and is the sixth cause of death in the nation. The small study offers a small hope for the people with the disease which is incurable.
During the study, nine out of ten people involved in the research, who were in varied stages of dementia, said the symptoms of the disease were reversed after participating in an intense program. The program was made up by steps such as optimizing gut health, strategic fasting in order of normalizing insulin levels, optimizing the levels of Vitamin D in the blood stream and making use of DHA supplements in order of repairing broken connections in the brain.
After a few months spent in the program, people aged 55 to 75 in the study, started noticing their cognition either returned to normal or improved. Out of all the subjects, only one of the patients, a female of 60 years of age who was already in the late stages of dementia upon entering the program, continued to decline in her condition.
Director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at the UCLA and lead author of the study, Dr. Dale Bredesen said that dealing with the many factors contributing to Alzheimer as a group rather than just trying to treat one at a time, may eventually reverse the progression of the disease in the early stages.
The factors include 36 possible imbalances, sources of inflammation and deficiencies.
“Each one of these things contributes a small piece of the puzzle. It’s like a roof with 36 holes in it. Some people have a big hole in, say, exercise, and maybe a smaller hole in another area.”
Dr. Dale Bredesen said.
Dr. Dale Bredesen hopes that there may be a way of reversing early Alzheimer’s and hopes that by normalizing the disease’s early stages cognitively could someday provide a greater system on which future drug based therapies will be tested.
Director of Global Science Initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association, James Hendrix explained that the results of the study, however, should be taken into consideration with extreme caution, mostly because of the small group and because the participants in the study had several diagnoses, which resulted in various interventions.
“Outside of a supervised research setting, no one should adopt these specific ideas to try to improve their, or a loved one’s memory and thinking. We simply don’t know what the effect would be.”