Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is affecting approximately 6 million people in the United States and 44 million people worldwide. Because it is widespread, there is a good chance that someone in your family or circle of friends has been impacted by this condition. There are ways to help support someone in need.
The Cost of Alzheimer’s Disease
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are many costs involved with the individual person and the families who are impacted by the presence of AD. These costs are physical, emotional, mental, and financial. In 2020, 67% of Medicare and Medicaid healthcare costs were spent on AD and dementia. Compared with the majority of the population, people living with Alzheimer’s typically have twice as many hospital stays and are more likely to have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart or kidney disease.
The Gut-Brain Connection
Science has proven a direct correlation between the health of our gut and the health of our brain. As much as 90 percent of serotonin is made in our gut and about 50 percent of dopamine. These neurotransmitters impact cognition. If the gut microbiome is out of balance then mental health suffers. Eating a nutritious diet and taking a probiotic supplement will help maintain gut health.
Brain Signaling Capacity
Research studies in PubMed have shown that pulsed magnetic field stimulation (PEMF Therapy) can have a beneficial impact upon people with AD. Two of these studies are highlighted here.
- Patient Blood Samples exposed to PEMF – Samples of blood were taken from patients with AD. For each patient, blood cultures were exposed to a low frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF). Non-treated blood cultures were evaluated as controls. The PEMF cultures stimulated both tissue regeneration and brain signaling capacity in the patient blood samples with AD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5434238/
- Patients Directly exposed to PEMF – This study researched the synergistic effect of magnetic field exposure combined with cognitive training on patients with AD. This combined therapy approach had a remarkable improvement upon the memory capability in the patients affected by AD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26365021
Authored by Susan Kapatoes, founder of Inspire Your Journey.