admin - September 27, 2013
As we grow older, our health becomes even more of a concern to ourselves and those around us. One of the growing threats to individuals of increased age is Alzheimer’s disease – a cognitive condition with no known cure. The good news is early detection and treatment can help slow the debilitating effects, or in some cases even reverse the damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease across the world are staggering. Depending on how each case is identified, there are anywhere from 2.6 to 5.2 million people living with the disease right now. The bad news is the CDC expects that number to grow exponentially over the coming decades, estimating that nearly 16 million will have the disease by 2050.
Why Early Detection Matters
Catching any condition early is better than waiting until the disease has progressed to the point of catastrophic health consequences. Studies have yet to produce a clear-cut cause of Alzheimer’s disease, but there are a number of ways all people can be on the lookout for Alzheimer’s disease warning signs so it can be caught early.
Specific benefits of early detection of Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Beginning medical treatment right away. Early identification allows for aggressive therapies that can slow or even arrest the advancement of the disease.
- Comfort with treatment plans. If caught early, an Alzheimer’s disease patient can have an open dialogue with their healthcare provider about treatment options and even experimental therapies.
- Awareness about the road ahead. Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can educate themselves and their families on what they can expect in the future.
- Fast action to slow the progression of the disease. Lifestyle changes involving physical and mental exercise, diet and other healthy habits can be adopted that may help slow the effects of the disease.
No matter what the health condition might be, from heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, or even Alzheimer’s disease, early detection is beneficial. The sooner a disease can be identified, the sooner treatment can be sought, and the less likely the disease will result in catastrophic, life-threatening consequences.
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