What Causes Memory Loss and How to Prevent It
What Causes Memory Loss and How to PreventIt By James Meschino, DC, MS, ND There are three types of memory loss (or dementia)that you can develop over your lifetime: Ã¯ Classic AlzheimerÃs Ã± Resulting froma loss of the memory chemical in your brain and then beta amyloid plaque buildsup, stranglingnerve cells. On the inside of the nerves there is a buildup of neurofibrillary tangles.This, of course, becomes a very serious problem. Ã¯ Vascular dementia Ã± Arteries become cloggedthrough poor dietary and lifestyle behaviors,
keeping blood circulation, oxygen and importantnutrients from reaching certain parts of the brain.Ã¯ Combination dementia Ã± A combination of both vascular dementia and classic AlzheimerÃsdisease. These are the most common ways a person endsup with memory loss as they age. Other things that can also lead to memoryloss are: Ã¯ ParkinsonÃs diseaseÃ¯ Vitamin B12 deficiency Ã¯ Head injuriesAfter the age of 55, the brain has problems making optimal amounts of a chemical calledacetylcholine. This can lead to cognitive
impairment, even if we never develop AlzheimerÃsdisease. But there are dietary and lifestyle things that you can do to maintain acetylcholinelevels, which IÃll share with you. Memory loss due to AlzheimerÃs is particularlydevastating, because AlzheimerÃs disease is the type of dementia that is usually terminal.Even though the progression of the disease varies from person to person, usually withinseven years Ã± on average Ã± the personÃs life has come to an end due to AlzheimerÃs.Signs of the early stages of AlzheimerÃs disease:Ã¯ Shortterm memory loss Ã¯ Difficulty in attaining new informationÃ¯ Decrease in abstract thinking
Ã¯ Loss of executive planning; a decreasein planning abilities and the ability to manage oneÃs life as effectively as they once did.Ã¯ Decline in motor skills Ã± handwriting ability or the inability to dress oneselfSigns of progressing AlzheimerÃs disease: Ã¯ ConfusionÃ¯ Disorientation Ã¯ Mood changesÃ¯ Irritability Ã¯ AggressionÃ¯ Problems with language Next follows longterm memory loss and thepatient may no longer recognize close family members. This is where it becomes heartbreaking.Next, a gradual loss of bodily functions sets
in, leading to the patientÃs demise. How common is AlzheimerÃsé AlzheimerÃs diseaseis the 6th leading cause of death today. One in every 8 people over the age of 65 haveAlzheimerÃs disease, and at least 45 percent of all people over the age of 85 have AlzheimerÃsdisease, to some degree. Of all AlzheimerÃs sufferers, only 4 percent are under the ageof 65, and 6 percent are between the ages of 65 and 74. After this there is a huge jump;in 74 to 85 year olds, 45 percent have AlzheimerÃs and over the age of 85, and another 45 percentof has developed AlzheimerÃs disease. For people over the age of 65, 10 to 20 percenthave developed whatÃs called mild cognitive
impairment; theyÃre already losing some facilities,even to a mild level. In a macroscopic look at a brain with AlzheimerÃs disease, yousee how nerve cells are dying and parts of the brain are shrinking. There is also a lackof nerve transmission and electrical impulses are being shutdown at what are called thesynapses. As a result, there is a shrinking of major brain areas that are visible on aCAT scan or an MRI. On a microscopic level, the nerve cells losetheir ability to create optimal amounts of the memory chemical called the acetylcholine,so memory dropsoff. And then there is a buildup of this weird protein plaque outside of thenerve cells that strangles them called beta
Number of tinnitus sufferers in Korea has risen 16 since 2000
Most people have experienced a ringing intheir ears at one time or another. Itâ€²s a condition called tinnitus , and thenumber of people suffering from it in Korea is on the rise.If the ringing is temporary, itâ€²s usually not an issue, but if itâ€²s constant, it canbe unbearable and could signal a bigger, underlying problem.Sohn Jungin reports. A year ago, Heo Yoori started to hear a loudbeeping sound in her left ear, ringing for 20 seconds and sometimes occurring as oftenas five to six times a day. The event coincided with a time when she wasundergoing a major shift in her responsibilities
at the office, which caused her a lot of stressand sometimes resulted in insomnia. quot;I hear the ringing sound as loud as the humof a refrigerator motor, and it bothers me during the day.quot;Tinnitus is a condition in which people quot;hearquot; constant or periodic sounds.Itâ€²s not caused by an outside source but a perception of sound in their head,. andit can appear more frequently in people who are experiencing fatigue or stress.The number of people in Korea suffering from the condition has risen by 16 percent fromfive years ago. Almost everyone has had a form of soft ringingin their ears, heard for a few seconds.
But if the problem persists, and the soundis heard constantly in only one ear and affects your ability to perform the normal activitiesof daily life, it could indicate a more serious problem.quot;Nearly 90 percent of people with sudden deafness found it was accompanied by a ringing in theirears. Many patients will go to the for the ringing, and later, will experiencehearing loss.quot; Because tinnitus could be a sign of a seriouscondition, s say it is important to identify the underlying cause.There is currently no cure, but one way to prevent tinnitus is to avoid loud noises,salty food or excessive consumption of alcohol
or caffeine.Sohn Jungin, Arirang News.