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Here is information about Alzheimer, its causes and symptoms.

Alzheimer Information

Named after a German physician, Alois Alzheimer, Alzheimer's disease causes dysfunction in the working of the brain. It is a fatal disorder, which gets worse with time. Alzheimer destroys the brain cells of a person and causes difficulty in recalling things. It affects the thinking and behavior of a person and impinges on his/her daily routine and social life completely. The risk of getting Alzheimer's disease increases with age. A degenerative disease, Alzheimer has no definite cure till date. In the following lines, we have listed the various causes and symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Causes Of Alzheimer
  • Advancing age
  • Family history of the disease
  • Faulty lifestyle factors
  • Serious head injury
  • External environmental factors such as water, soil or air
  • Internal environmental factors such as a slow virus, an imbalance of chemicals or a problem with the immune system
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease/stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol
  • Excessive smoking
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol
  • Hyperhomocystinemia (high blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine)
  • Apolipoprotein E-4
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Head trauma
  • Depression
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Estrogen imbalance
  • Nutritional deficiencies, including low levels of folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12
  • Neurotransmitter deficits
  • Metabolic deficits
  • Exposure to neurotoxins in the environment (mercury, lead, pesticides, defoliants, fumigants, electromagnetic fields, iron, etc)
Symptoms Of Alzheimer
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in performing familiar tasks
  • Problems with language (i.e. trouble finding the right word, even simple ones)
  • Disorientation to time and place
  • Poor or decreased judgment
  • Problems with abstract thinking
  • Misplacing things (includes putting things in unusual places: an iron in the freezer)
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Changes in personality
  • Loss of initiative
  • Indifference or lack of concern
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased difficulty with name and face recognition
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Total loss of self
  • Paranoia and delusions

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