Today, Thomas Edison’s words ring true regarding the race to obtain 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.” Each day seems to bring hopeful news of another clinical trial, followed shortly after by the aggravating news that results failed to meet expectations – and so the cycle persists.
A neuroscientist, Christian Holscher, is indicating that to be able to win the war against Alzheimer’s, we must look past the tried-and-tried-again plaque theory. In fact, he points to the identifier of the disease himself, Alois Alzheimer, who stressed that while certain plaques were found particularly in older brains, there was clearly no conclusive proof that they actually result in the disease. Yet researchers have continually honed in on these plaques as the culprit, and then turn up empty-handed.
Holscher proposes a unique avenue that needs to be explored instead in our mission to eradicate Alzheimer’s: the link between Alzheimer’s and insulin. We realize that those with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s; and, we understand that brain cells require insulin to grow and stay healthy. Could insulin deficits lead towards the type of irreparable neuron damage exhibited in Alzheimer’s?
Studies of brain tissue from persons with Alzheimer’s that are deceased confirmed that insulin’s effectiveness in brain cell growth was destroyed, and surprisingly, it was true in both diabetic and non-diabetic patients – leading scientists to the conclusion that testing diabetic treatment options on those with Alzheimer’s is worth a try. A current clinical trial to check this theory demonstrated promising results, with neuron deterioration ceased in patients throughout the 12-month study.
Generations at Home continues to closely follow any and all developments regarding the continuous quest for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Our care team is highly skilled and experienced in successfully managing some of the more difficult elements of the disease, while helping those impacted to live life to their fullest potential. Whether the need is for just a few 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, Generations at Home is here for support.
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