What if there was a test you could take that would tell you if you're going to get Alzheimer's? Would you take it?
Most people indicate they'd rather not know. But, Dr. Bradley Miller, a neuro-scientist studying Alzheimer's, says anything you can do to find it early and prevent the damage, you should do it.
"It's just like a forest fire, once all the trees have burned down, it's a little late to be throwing water on the whole mess, but if you can stop it right when it's a brush fire, you can save everything, and the goal is the same with Alzheimer's disease. Find out when it's starting and if you've got an agent that can stop these abnormal proteins, or these abdominal processes, that's when you take it."
Dr. Miller left Texas Tech to pursue drug studies for Eli Lilly. In the meantime, he says we know these things can help prevent Alzheimer's; regular exercise, good nutrition, keeping socially active with friends, and exercising the mind. By either learning something new, or tackling crossword puzzles.
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