Study Shows Reverses in Early Memory Loss
According to results of a small study recently published in the journal Aging, a combination of lifestyle changes, medication, and brain stimulation can help treat cognitive decline in some people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important to find effective treatment measures—about 5.4 million people in the U.S. currently suffer from Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to reach 13.8 million by 2050.
So far, effective Alzheimer’s treatments have been elusive. This study, which according to researchers provided “unprecedented” results, suggests a treatment protocol personalized for each individual patient may be the way to go. Called MEND—metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration—the program involves improvements in diet, exercise, and sleep; specific medications and vitamins; and brain stimulation.
While the study included only 10 patients, all 10 experienced substantial long-term (at least 2 years) improvements in memory. For many of them, cognitive function improved from “abnormal” to “normal” following treatment—promising results indeed.