What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a form of dementia which causes memory loss and can inhibit intellectual abilities severely enough to interfere with a person’s daily activities. Billions of nerve cells connect to one another in our brains transferring tons of information like a giant communication network. In a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, the communication is interrupted. Parts of the brain involved with specific tasks such as thinking, learning, and memory become uncoordinated, tampering with cognitive abilities. AD is known as a progressive disease, meaning the damage worsens and/or spreads over periods of time. The rate of progression, however, is unique to each patient and the symptoms vary greatly depending in part on age and other health conditions that may reside.
In order to perform at it’s greatest potential, our brains require coordination. With each group of cells in control of a certain bodily function, they act like tiny factories, carrying out each task in a routine manner. In a patient with AD, this signal flow is interrupted by progressive damage. Scientists believe that Alzheimer’s Disease prevents parts of the dense-branching communication network from running smoothly. The damage ultimately spreads to other parts of the brain causing irreversible damage and leading to the various symptoms associated with AD.
Each case of Alzheimer’s is unique to the patient and the symptoms experienced are of a broad array. Effects of the disease can range from slowed thinking and memory loss to difficulty swallowing, speaking and walking. In the early stages of an AD diagnosis the area generally affected responds to learning and memory. Early symptoms include difficulty remembering new information, memory loss, and slight mood and behavioral changes. In a patient with moderate AD, organizational skills, understanding speech, expressing oneself, and planning are impaired. Progressively the disease can affect thinking, sense of time and place, and minor interferences within work and social life can be noticed. In the late stages of AD, the brain is severely damaged and the symptoms are very difficult to treat. The cortex and hippocampus of the brain shrink dramatically and fluid-filled spaces within the brain, called ventricles, begin to enlarge. Inability to recognize family, perform daily tasks, communicate, walk, and swallow are some of the symptoms generally experienced in the late stages of an Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis.
Treatments today for Alzheimer’s include medications for many of the symptoms such as prescription drugs for behavioral changes, sleep patterns, and pain management. Some medications work by assisting in the performance of chemicals in the brain responsible for the transfer information from one cell to another. Many herbal remedies and supplements are also available for use to help relieve symptoms experienced. These methods temporarily improve the symptoms of memory loss and problems with learning and reasoning. While relief can be found in the symptoms associated with AD, no cure exist for the chronic disease.
Stem Cell Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease
In explaining how Adult Stem Cell Therapy can be beneficial to a patient with AD it is important to understand what exactly happens in the brain when battling this condition. In a patient with AD, protein deposits, called plaques, build up in the spaces between nerve cells far more rapidly than normally associated with aging. Tangles, twisted fibers that build up inside dead and dying nerve cells, also produce at a faster rate. These two occurrences tend to follow a pattern, targeting areas most critical for memory then progressively spreading to other regions. The damaged nerve cells are then unable to properly transmit electrical signals within our brain, those signals that are responsible for memories and individual thoughts.
Stem cells reproduce at a rapid rate and have the potential to be many different cell types in the body. Adipose stem cell therapy is a breakthrough procedure in regenerative medicine in which a patient’s own fat stem cells are harvested and reintroduced into the body. This procedure is designed to aid in the restoration of dying tissues in the body. Adult stem cell therapy helps the body’s natural healing process work faster and more effectively. In the treatment of AD, the adult stem cells are collected, enriched, and administered in hopes of replacing the dying nerve cells in the brain. These advancements in the treatment of AD work to fully regenerate missing or damaged tissue that the body would not ordinarily regrow.
Recent research of AD and related dementias brings upon new treatments for those battling it. Past treatments have shown that adult stem cells not only have the potential to regenerate the lost or damaged tissues in the brain, but also have to ability to temporarily modulate the immune system, disabling the abnormal attack. By addressing these two areas of AD, potential improvements with the following symptoms have been observed:
- Enhanced behavior and mood
- Reduction or elimination of confusion
- Improvements in motor skills
- Improved cognitive function
- Reduction of memory loss
- Increased energy
While aging is among the greatest risk factors for AD, it does not have to be a normal part of the aging process. With our treatment, hope can be returned to those attempting to manage their condition. When traditional medications show less than optimal results, advanced technology offers a natural procedure to assist your body in rebuilding itself. Autologous stem cells treatments, with little possibility of rejection given they are your own fat cells, are a new way of approaching AD that not only addresses the abnormal immune response, but also aids in the restoration of diseased and dying nerve tissues of the brain. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, but our methods have shown beneficial in the management of symptoms.
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