The terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease” can be confusing. Many people believe they are synonymous, but the two words mean different things.
While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, there are several other types.
Other types of dementia include alcohol-related dementia, Parkinson’s dementia and frontotemporal dementia; each has different causes as well. In addition, certain medical conditions can cause serious memory problems that resemble dementia.
A correct diagnosis means the right medicines, remedies and support. For example, knowing that you have Alzheimer’s instead of another type of dementia might lead to a prescription for a cognition-enhancing drug instead of an antidepressant.
What is Dementia?
In the simplest terms, dementia is a nonreversible decline in mental function.It is a catchall phrase that encompasses several disorders that cause chronic memory loss, personality changes or impaired reasoning, Alzheimer’s disease being just one of them. To be called dementia, the disorder must be severe enough to interfere with your daily life.
What is Alzheimer’s?
It is a specific disease that slowly and irreversibly destroys memory and thinking skills.
Eventually, Alzheimer’s disease takes away the ability to carry out even the simplest tasks.
The early signs of the disease may be forgetting recent events or conversations. As the disease progresses, a person with Alzheimer’s disease will develop severe memory impairment and lose the ability to carry out everyday tasks.
A cure for Alzheimer’s remains elusive, although researchers have identified biological evidence of the disease. You can see them microscopically, or more recently, using a PET scan that employs a newly discovered tracer that binds to the proteins.
Shaping our Health
Research shows there are multiple modifiable risk factors that influence the likelihood of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s later in life. This means we have the power to shape the health we want to have as we age, we just need to put a little effort into the present.
There are steps we can all take for a better brain as we age. Effective strategies for preventing and treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, include:
- Modify diet, nutrition, and supplements to nurture a healthy gut
- Reduce inflammation from food allergies and low-level infections
- Detoxify from heavy metals and chemicals
- Accurately evaluate and treat hormone levels
Manage stress, eliminate and unnecessary medication
For more information on Dementia & Alzheimer’s and lifestyle, schedule a 15 minute complimentary phone consultation with Prudhvi Karumanchi, M.D. at http:/calendly.com/drkhealthcare or call (813) 337-7535 for more information.
Dr. Prudhvi Karumanchi is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Functional Medicine. He is a Certified Energy Mastery® Practitioner and a practicing, Emergency Medicine Board Certified Physician who takes a complete approach to your healthcare.