In a study published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers at the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s, at the Edith Cowan School of Medicine in Perth, Australia, results showed eating a diet high in protein may prevent or delay of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists evaluated the diets of 541 healthy volunteers and split them into one of three groups; high protein intake, moderate protein intake and low protein intake. Results showed that participants in the high protein intake group, those that consumed ~120 grams of protein a day, were less likely to have high levels of amyloid beta in their brain, reducing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Evaluating the most effective methods of preventing dementia is difficult. By the time a person shows the signs of dementia, the changes to the brain have been taking place for many years. It addition, to slow the progression of dementia, a patient may need to combine several preventative strategies. Developing clinical trials to evaluate the different types of dementia, and all of the possible lifestyle factors that might reduce, or increase, a person’s risk of developing dementia is difficult. There are lifestyle modification recommendations that will help a person live a healthy lifestyle but they have not yet been proven to prevent or slow the progression of dementia. Stem cell therapy at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica may help improve the symptoms of dementia and potentially slow or reverse the progression of the disease but it is still unclear how a person can stop the disease from developing in the first place.
Dementia is not a specific disease, but a medical term used to describe a syndrome, or group of diseases, that affect memory, problem solving, and other cognitive abilities. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 60-80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s disease like many neurodegenerative diseases including Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) remains untreatable by current traditional medicine. Alzheimer’s is the result of damaged neurons or nerve cells in the brain. Once the cells in the brain are damaged, they can no longer communicate with other cells resulting in cognitive and bodily dysfunction and ultimately death. The Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica, uses government approved stem cell therapy to treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers evaluate experimental Alzheimer’s drugs by observing the effects on neurons derived from stem cells.