Hedra March 2019
Statistics show that one in ten people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s dementia and almost two-thirds of these are women. How much should we worry about those irritating senior moments? If there were tests that could answer this question, wouldn’t it be worth the time and effort to improve the quality of our healthspan ?
The good news is that early detection of cognitive decline is treatable and even reversible according to many researchers.
Dr. Dale Bredeson, MD is a world renowned neurologist, Alzheimer’s researcher and founder of the BUCK Institute for Research on Aging at UCLA. He published a paper in 2014, titled, Reversal of Cognitive Decline: A novel therapeutic program. He showed how nine out of 10 well documented dementia patients were able to reverse their progressive cognitive decline with specific lifestyle and supplementation interventions. By identifying and treating 25 different causes of the neurodegeneration responsible for each patient’s decline, the patients improved significantly.
Because of this success, a program called MEND was created. MEND stands for Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration. After analyzing a person’s results, a personalized program involving lifestyle changes and supplementation is created just like in the study above.
In 2018, Dr. Bredesen and his team documented 100 more reversals of cognitive decline. He published this paper in the Journal of Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism.
Continued research revealed eleven more treatable causes of Alzheimer’s. In his book, The End of Alzheimers, Dr. Bredesen describes 36 known causes and how to fix them. These include toxic exposures, nutritional and hormonal deficiencies, infections and inflammation among many others. Yes, our hormones including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, DHEA and pregnenolone are absolutely required by the brain for optimal function. Your cholesterol level is very important also. In fact, a recent study on PubMed showed that the best memory function in the elderly was observed in those with the highest levels of cholesterol. Low cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of depression and even death.
Physicians recommending the MEND protocol for the last 5 years are seeing their patients continuing to function very well. If they fall off the protocol and return to their old ways, they see the return of symptoms. Although we can’t control our genetics, we can control our environment to reduce the number of serious senior moments.
Integrative Medicine of Idaho offers the MEND testing and protocol. Medicare is paying for lab testing in most situations. If this article speaks to you and you want to make the changes necessary for a cognitively brighter future, please all 208-426-0052 and schedule your appointment at our new location.