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Is Alzheimer’s disease treatable?

Judith London, MD
Psychiatry

The current available treatments for Alzheimer's - Aricept and Namenda or their correlates - are not a cure; they simply slow down the progression of the disease to maintain quality of life a little longer. Since inflammation may be a factor in Alzheimer's, minimizing inflammation with a Mediterranean-type diet, taking Omega 3 fatty acids to promote cell wall strength, and exercising are good practices.

It is important to maintain interaction with others and reduce isolation to keep connections and communication alive.

Gary Wenk
Psychology
No, it is not. Currently available treatments may slow the progression in some patients. However, our ability to diagnose the disease is improving every year. This ability will allow physicians to diagnose the disease earlier and more accurately.  Our current knowledge about specific risk factors suggest that if the symptoms are caught early that there are lifestyle and dietary changes that might help slow the progression. My prediction is that during the next ten years we will develop drugs that will significantly alter the progression of the disease. The current emphasis for researchers is the prevention or slowing of symptoms; currently, a cure is not available. 

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