Although memory loss is a significant concern among the aging population, new research is beginning to show how it could be reversed in patients with cognitive decline. The study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports considered more than 35 factors known to be associated with cognitive decline and found that memory loss does not need to be one of those main factors.
The results of the study help to demonstrate that certain factors are more affected than others depending on the individual. Therefore, a more precise protocol for each patient could be the key to optimal treatment. “This study supports the need for an approach that focuses on a one-size fits one, not a one-size fits all, approach that comprehensively assesses all involved risk factors affecting memory loss,” said Denise M Kalos, CEO of AffirmativHealth.
Many experts believe the scope of research that focuses on stopping the progression of Alzheimer’s disease needs to be widened, as previous studies have been marginally successful at best. This new study uses a more comprehensive and personalized approach, which can address each participant’s risk factors.
Utilizing cutting edge technology paired with in-person coaching and consultation, researchers have found that using a personalized approach can promote an improved resiliency and restoration of brain function. This means that memory loss does not have to be a part of cognitive decline. It can be reversed or abated among those who have previously been diagnosed with the mental disorder.
The personalized program included genetics, an extensive blood panel, medical history, and lifestyle data. This allowed researchers to evaluate relevant metabolic risk factors and nutrient levels associated with cognitive health.
The Maintenance of Cognitive Health
In conjunction with the publication of this study, the team at AffirmativHealth has written a book, Outsmart your Brain—an Insider’s Guide to Life-Long Memory. “Memory is not something that should diminish with age; you are never too young to start developing healthy habits that can ultimately impact your cognition,” Outsmart Your Brain. This publication helps to leverage the research to deliver tips and tools for the maintenance of good cognitive health.
“Far too few people understand how critical lifestyle and dietary choices are for brain function. Outsmart Your Brain is an important tool to get this information into the hands of those who should know it, everyone in easy-to-understand language,” concludes Ryan R. Fortna, MD.
Alzheimer’s disease has been identified as becoming the third leading cause of death in the United States behind cardiovascular disease and cancer. Yet, it continues to have no effective treatment. However, while researchers continue to seek out a cure, it is becoming clear that there are effective treatment options for memory loss.
Research does support the conclusion that Alzheimer’s disease is a complex and systemic disease. This is why this study is so important to recognize that patients with varying levels of cognitive decline, including dementia, need personalized care to see results in either stabilization or improvement in memory.