6 Types of Alzheimer’s

BY Corey Deacon

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For many people, Alzheimer’s is a terrifying disease. They worry about memory lapses or ‘senior moments’ so they delay getting things checked out by a medical professional.

 While drug therapy for Alzheimer’s, which tries to treat symptoms, has failed 97 per cent of the time, there are solutions and there is hope.

The earlier you catch it, the better. If you’re middle-aged and suffering from brain fog and your memory is not as sharp as it used to be, don’t let someone tell you’re just getting old. Get it checked out now.

The six main types of dementia are:

#1 Inflammatory

Inflammation can be caused by poor diet, lack of exercise or chronic ‘stealth’ infections, either bacterial, such as borreliosis (Lyme disease), bartenellosis (cat scratch fever), or viral, such as Epstein Barr (mononucleosis) and herpes. By treating any underlying infections, you can see an improvement in dementia.

#2 Glycotoxic

This type of dementia is caused by poor blood sugar regulation in the brain and central nervous system. High sugar levels in the brain damage cells, proteins and tissues, leading to inflammation.

#3 Accelerated aging (Atrophic)

Some of the most common growth factors are sex hormones and other steroid hormones. As people age, those levels drop, which can result in a lack of cell growth in the brain.

In order for memory to function, people need to be able to build new pathways in the brain. Hormones are very important in this process. Without properly functioning hormones present and at the proper levels, you run the risk of atrophy in the brain. In this situation, doing a comprehensive hormone assessment is very important.

#4 Toxic

This type of dementia is caused by a buildup of toxins in the brain. Toxins can include heavy metals and non-metal environmental toxins such as pesticides, herbicides and biotoxins from living organisms, such as mold. If you’ve ever had water damage in your home, it’s very important to do an environmental relative mold index (ERMI) test to check whether there is still any mold remaining.

#5 Vascular

Blood vessel damage from poorly managed cholesterol can cause the blood-brain barrier to break down. This is where diet becomes very important – for example, avoiding trans fats, which cause oxidized cholesterol, damaging blood vessels and potentially leading to hundreds of mini strokes. People – especially those with diabetes – need to ensure they are at an optimum weight and exercise regularly. Exercise gets massive amounts of blood flow to the brain, allowing the brain to build new blood vessels.

#6 Traumatic

Multiple head injuries can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, creating neurofibrillary tangles in the brain causing brain cell dysfunction and potentially brain cell death. If you have experienced multiple head traumas, make sure you get your brain checked out with a quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) brain map to see how your brain has been affected. Multiple head traumas can trigger any number of the above-listed types of dementia.

Getting help

At Neurvana Health, we investigate what type of dementia you’re dealing with, what’s causing it, and then working with you to improve your mental game. It doesn’t matter how old someone is, people are still building new brain cells well into old age, which means you can almost always make and retain improvements to brain function.
Neurvana Health follows the protocols developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen, MD, author of The End of Alzheimer’s and an international authority on Alzheimer’s disease, to help clients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.