At Home Sweet Home In-Home Care in St. Joseph, MI, we believe there’s never been a more encouraging time for Alzheimer’s research than now, and new developments seem to be appearing every week. The latest research could have a major impact in the hunt for treatments: the connection between Alzheimer’s and the body’s natural immune response to infections.
While researchers have been working to connect the dots between the beta amyloid protein and Alzheimer’s, the most recent twist in the puzzle comes from the discovery that this protein is displaying the ability to fight off infections in mice. If beta amyloid performs similarly in humans, eradicating this bacteria-fighting protein could be hazardous. And since this is exactly what some drug trials are currently trying, it is troubling news.
If true, it is possible that Alzheimer’s is likely brought on by an over-reactive immune response to a pathogen, causing an overload of problems that an older brain cannot handle.
While the findings are inconclusive, they match up with what we already know about the importance of proper sleep, exercise and a healthy diet, now showing that they could even potentially prevent Alzheimer’s. This research marks the way forward for other potential treatment options, such as inflammatory reduction medications and vaccines.
There is still much to learn before a cure for Alzheimer’s exists. Let us help you take care of your loved ones in need of in home care in St. Joseph, MI. Contact Home Sweet Home In-Home Care at (269) 849-9252 to learn more.