There’s never been a more optimistic time in the world of Alzheimer’s research than we are currently experiencing, and new developments seem to be emerging every few moments. The latest data is likely to create a big leap forward in the crusade for a cure: the correlation between Alzheimer’s and the body’s natural immune response to infections.
While researchers have been connecting the dots between the beta amyloid protein and Alzheimer’s, the newest bend in the road to a cure comes from the realization that this protein is showing the ability to fend off infections in mice. If beta amyloid works the same way in humans, getting rid of this bacteria-fighting protein, as some drug trials have tried, could be dangerous.
If this theory is correct, it follows that Alzheimer’s is likely triggered by an over-reactive immune response to a pathogen, causing problems in older brains that are unable to handle the overload.
Although currently inconclusive, the findings correspond with what we already know about the importance of a healthy diet, exercise, and proper sleep. Now these items could even help with the prevention of Alzheimer’s. This research marks the way forward for other potential treatment options, such as inflammatory reduction medications and vaccines.
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