Brain Function in the Lead-Up to Alzheimer’s Disease

Medical consultant Dr. William Leach maintains a private practice in Longwood, Florida. With a medical career spanning more than 30 years in the state of Florida, Dr. William Leach is highly trained and skilled in the treatment of complex geriatric diseases.

Patients exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease may remain unaware that their brains have likely experienced toxic changes over the course of a decade before the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease began to appear. Amyloid plaques are structures that exist between the brain’s nerve cells, and neurofibrillary tangles are tangles of fibers that result from abnormal protein deposits. When the brain produces an abnormal amount of these plaques and tangles, it can disrupt and hinder the nerve cells’ normal communication processes, which may result in the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The compromised nerve cells die once their communication processes have ceased. As they die, patients may experience memory failure, changes in personality, or problems with normal daily functions. The amyloid plaques and tangles remain a topic of research: Although it is now clear that brains affected by Alzheimer’s typically contain a higher quantity of tangles and plaques in particular regions, it is not yet clear whether they cause Alzheimer’s Disease or are produced as a result of the disease.

What is known is that physical exercise, mind based exercises and even daily significant amounts of coffee consumption will slow down or prevent the development of dementia.