Health & Fitness This Could Be the Earliest Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease (Hint: It’s Not Getting Lost)

15:37  13 september  2017
15:37  13 september  2017 Source:   Reader's Digest

The First Warning Sign of Alzheimer's May Surprise You

  The First Warning Sign of Alzheimer's May Surprise You This problem crops up long before any clinical diagnosis of the disease​. We've all heard the stories of the grandma who got lost on her way home from the grocery store, or the great uncle who relies on GPS for the drive to his weekly doctor's appointment, but now there's research to back up the anecdotal evidence that trouble finding your way around may indicate a much bigger problem.Problems navigating new surroundings crop up before memory loss, and long before any clinical diagnosis of the disease, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Dementia symptoms - THIS could be the earliest sign of Alzheimer ’ s disease . However, experts believe they have found the earliest signs of dementia, which occurs long before obvious symptoms are noticed.

But if memory problems are seriously affecting your daily life, they could be early signs of Alzheimer ' s disease . This is the most common symptom. Do you easily forget information you just learned? Do you lose track of important dates, names, and events?

  This Could Be the Earliest Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease (Hint: It’s Not Getting Lost) © Chinnapong/shutterstock Can’t tell Times Square from Timbuktu? Your poor sense of direction could be a bigger issue than you originally thought. In fact, struggling to create a mental map in your mind might be an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research from Washington University in St. Louis.

Three groups of participants participated in the study: healthy people, adults with early-stage Alzheimer’s, and people with preclinical disease. Although those with preclinical disease don’t show any symptoms yet, they have lower levels of a certain biomarker, which can be a sign of the disease before diagnosis. This newly discovered symptom might be an early sign of dementia, too.

Struggling to distinguish the smell of bubble gum from petrol could be an early sign of dementia

  Struggling to distinguish the smell of bubble gum from petrol could be an early sign of dementia Your sense of smell may be a useful marker of Alzheimer's diseaseBy the time people start exhibiting the symptoms of Alzheimer's (such as memory loss), it's almost too late – the damage to your brain may have already been happening for decades. That's why so many scientists are trying to find ways to detect the disease at its earliest stage.

Learn the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer ’ s disease . People with Alzheimer ' s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately.

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A virtual computer maze tested the spatial navigational skills of all three groups. As the researchers anticipated, the participants with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease received a lower score than the healthy group did. However, those with preclinical Alzheimer’s performed poorly, too. That could mean that difficulty using a map (or other lack of navigational skills) might be a symptom of the disease that shows up decades or more before a patient is diagnosed.

“Spatial navigation abilities, particularly the ability to form a mental map of the environment, are associated with a brain structure called the hippocampus,” said study author Denise Head, PhD. “Changes to this structure seem to occur before individuals are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Struggling to distinguish the smell of bubble gum from petrol could be an early sign of dementia

  Struggling to distinguish the smell of bubble gum from petrol could be an early sign of dementia Your sense of smell may be a useful marker of Alzheimer's diseaseBy the time people start exhibiting the symptoms of Alzheimer's (such as memory loss), it's almost too late – the damage to your brain may have already been happening for decades. That's why so many scientists are trying to find ways to detect the disease at its earliest stage.

What Are the Signs of Early Onset Alzheimer ’ s Disease (AD)? Treatment for Alzheimer ’ s Disease . There’ s no cure for AD at this time. The symptoms of AD can sometimes be treated with medications meant to help Get health tips, wellness advice, and more. Enter your email address.

Alzheimer ’ s gets worse over time.Although symptoms can vary widely, the first problem many people notice is forgetfulness Instead, seek a diagnosis as early as possible. 1. Perhaps you have noticed possible signs of Alzheimer ’ s disease . Or you may know someone who has just been diagnosed.

If you can’t live without your GPS, though, you can rest easy. Further research is needed before researchers can confidently say whether everyone with navigational challenges will go on to develop Alzheimer’s. In the meantime, you can take up these 36 daily habits to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

But you should still discuss these symptoms with your doctor, especially if they’re new and you’re under the age of 50, says study coauthor John Morris, MD, director of the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine. Your doctor may recommend a few neuro-imaging tests to evaluate your brain’s structure and functioning. Thankfully, the future in this field looks bright; new technology could soon reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients.

[Source: Prevention]

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