Thomas Edison’s infamous words ring true today regarding the race to locate both the main cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Every day tends to bring hopeful news of yet another clinical trial, followed shortly afterwards by the disappointing news that outcomes didn’t meet expectations – and so the pattern continues.
One particular neuroscientist, Christian Holscher, is advising that to be able to win the battle against Alzheimer’s, we have to look past the tried-and-tried-again plaque theory. As a matter of fact, he points towards the identifier of the disease himself, Alois Alzheimer, who emphasized that although certain plaques were found particularly in older brains, there clearly was no conclusive evidence that they actually cause the disease. Yet researchers have persistently honed in on these plaques as the culprit, only to turn up empty-handed.
Holscher suggests a unique avenue that should be explored instead in our pursuit to crush Alzheimer’s: the connection between Alzheimer’s and insulin. We realize that those with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s; and, we realize that brain cells need insulin to grow and remain healthy. Could insulin deficits lead to the types of irreparable neuron damage displayed in Alzheimer’s?
Studies of brain tissue from people who have Alzheimer’s who are deceased confirmed that insulin’s effectiveness in brain cell growth was destroyed, and remarkably, it was true both in diabetic and non-diabetic patients – leading scientists to the conclusion that testing diabetic treatments on persons with Alzheimer’s is really worth a go. A recent clinical trial to evaluate this theory demonstrated promising results, with neuron deterioration stopped in patients throughout the 12-month study.
JFS Care continues to closely follow any and all developments regarding the ongoing quest for an end to Alzheimer’s disease. Our homecare team is highly skilled and experienced in effectively managing the more difficult elements of the disease, while helping those affected to live life to their fullest potential with the highest quality senior care Hollywood families deserve. Whether the need is for just a couple of hours each week for family caregivers to take a much-needed break from care, full-time, 24-hour monitoring and assistance, or anything in between, JFS Care will be here for support.
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