In the western world, Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of deaths. Alzheimer's is a mental illness that progresses slowly. Although the exact cause of Alzheimer's Disease is not yet known, according to researchers, it is probably the result of genetic influences, lifestyle, and environmental factors that affect the brain over the time. Specific genetic changes that are present in at least 5 per cent of cases lead to the development of this disease. Most people with Alzheimer's do not have a family history. However, the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease increases if one of your family members suffers from it. According to some theories, metals such as zinc or aluminium possibly play a role in Alzheimer's disease. But there is no firm evidence to support these theories.
Alzheimer's disease is incurable. Once diagnosed, mental functions usually decline within 3 to 20 years (10 years on average), leading to deaths. However, the most important here is to understand the patient, diagnose the condition and support them accordingly. To spread awareness about this syndrome, in this health talk video, Dr Jaideep Bansal, Director and HOD, Dept Of Neurology, Fortis Shalimar Bagh takes us through the nuances of Alzheimer's.
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