Is it Possible to Treat Alzheimer’s a Decade Before Symptoms Appear?

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Alzheimer’s disease is an extremely common disease, even though the public may not know it. In fact, it’s estimated that one in nine people over the age of 65 years old has Alzheimer’s disease. That’s a very high number for a disease that takes away your life.

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Most of the time, when Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, the disease is in an advanced state. Difficulty remembering events and concentrating; confusion with location, space, and time; mood changes and language problems are some of the most common symptoms of this devastating disease.

But what if we could diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease a decade before the first symptoms appear? In this video shared by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Reisa Sperling, director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, shares some promising news about the hospital’s efforts towards secondary and primary prevention of Alzheimer’s.

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