Today, Thomas Edison’s words ring true regarding the race to find both the main cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Each day tends to bring hopeful news of yet another clinical trial, followed shortly afterwards by the aggravating news that results failed to meet expectations – and so the pattern persists.
One neuroscientist, Christian Holscher, is suggesting that to be able to win the fight against Alzheimer’s, we must look beyond the tried-and-tried-again plaque theory. In fact, he points to the identifier of the disease himself, Alois Alzheimer, who emphasized that while certain plaques were found particularly in older brains, there clearly was no conclusive proof that they actually result in the disease. Yet researchers have consistently honed in on these plaques as the culprit, and then end up empty-handed.
Holscher proposes a unique avenue that ought to be explored instead in our quest to eradicate Alzheimer’s: the connection between Alzheimer’s and insulin. We know that people with type 2 diabetes have a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s; and, we know that brain cells require insulin to grow and continue to be healthy. Could insulin deficiencies lead towards the sort of irreparable neuron damage presented in Alzheimer’s?
Research of brain tissue from people who have Alzheimer’s who are deceased confirmed that insulin’s effectiveness in brain cell growth was lost, and interestingly, it was true both in diabetic and non-diabetic patients – leading scientists towards the conclusion that testing diabetic treatment options on individuals with Alzheimer’s is really worth a go. A current clinical trial to test this theory showed promising results, with neuron deterioration ceased in patients through the 12-month study.
Our Atlanta Alzheimer’s team continues to closely follow any and all developments in the continuous search for both an Alzheimer’s cause and a cure. Our homecare team is highly skilled and experienced in successfully managing a number of the more difficult aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, while helping those affected to live life to their fullest potential. Whether the need is for just a couple of hours each week for family caregivers to take a much-needed getaway from care, full-time, 24-hour monitoring and assistance, or something in between, Atlanta Home Care Partners is here to assist.
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