August 8, 2018
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison’s words still ring true today and hold special meaning in the race to obtain both the main cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Every day seems to bring hopeful news of another clinical trial, followed shortly afterwards by the aggravating news that results failed to meet expectations – and so the quest for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease continues.
One neuroscientist, Christian Holscher, is proposing that in order to win the fight against Alzheimer’s, we must look beyond the tried-and-tried-again plaque theory. He points towards the identifier of the disease himself, Alois Alzheimer, who emphasized that while certain plaques were found solely in older brains, there was clearly no conclusive proof that they actually result in the disease. But researchers have persistently honed in on these plaques as the culprit, only to turn up empty-handed.
Holscher recommends an interesting avenue which should be explored instead in our mission to crush Alzheimer’s: the link between Alzheimer’s and insulin. We realize that people with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s; and, we realize that brain cells require insulin to grow and stay healthy. Could insulin deficiencies point towards the kind of irreparable neuron damage presented in Alzheimer’s?
Research of brain tissue from people who had Alzheimer’s who are deceased determined that insulin’s effectiveness in brain cell growth was destroyed, and oddly enough, this was true in both diabetic and non-diabetic patients – leading scientists to the conclusion that testing diabetic treatments on those with Alzheimer’s is worth a try. A current clinical trial to try this theory showed promising results, with neuron deterioration stopped in patients through the 12-month study.
Continuum continues to closely follow any and all developments in the ongoing hunt for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Our home healthcare team is highly trained and experienced in successfully managing a number of the more difficult components of Alzheimer’s disease, while supporting those affected to live life to their fullest potential. Whether the need is for just a couple of hours each week for family caregivers to take a much-needed rest from care, full-time, 24-hour monitoring and assistance, or something in between, Continuum is here to help.
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