Predicting the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Feb 23

When you get old, Alzheimer’s disease is imminent. You are lucky if you do not suffer from it. For those who are suffering from it, they should be surrounded with people who understand their condition and provide support for them. Alzheimer’s disease is common here in Singapore and around the world. No one is exempted.

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Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that can degenerate the brain. It can cause the people to gradually lose their memory as they grow old. The most common form is dementia. The patient will encounter progressive memory loss, impaired thinking, disorientation and to some extent change in mood and personality.

Your risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s is high and you only wish it will not happen to you. The good news is that experts now are keen on predicting the risk of people from developing Alzheimer’s. This is an important breakthrough because it will give us information before its onset. The prediction can help us prevent or at least slow Alzheimer’s down.

If you are so concerned about your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, you have to know that experts have created an online test that is available for everyone. The online tests are composed of timed and non-timed exercises that can quantify cognitive function. In the tests, you will answer lifestyle questions like the amount of your protein or carbs you eat, how much alcohol or coffee you consume, how often you exercise and many markers.

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The online tests include thirty seven questions that are developed and carefully put together by The Oxford University’s Food for the Brain professor David Smith. Professor David Smith is the leading figure in the field of Alzheimer. According to him, the online tests can help people to prevent Alzheimer’s by reducing its risk. The exams will also help participants to track down how their lifestyle impact cognitive functioning.

If you choose to avail of the online test, you have to expect the Food for the Brain Cognitive Function Test. This test will give you questions in relation to your memory and your lifestyle. This exam is specifically for people ages 50 to 70 years old. The first part of the test entails images on the screen. Later, you will encounter timed questions that include images, letters and memory tests.

Finally, you will encounter lifestyle questions that can determine whether you are a low, average or above average risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The best part is that the test will give you lifestyle advice that can help you change the outcome. The advises includes minimizing sugar and refined foods, eating more fish and seeds, taking more supplement B vitamins, limiting coffee and the like.

This is a great help for Singaporeans and the world.

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