Many people know that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by proteins ‘going wrong’ in the brain. One of those key proteins is amyloid. But how does amyloid ‘go wrong’? And how does this potentially cause Alzheimer’s disease? Let’s find out. ‘Proteins, glorious proteins’ Proteins are the building blocks of life. They have so many vital functions … Continue reading What is beta-amyloid?
Type II Diabetes and dementia Type II Diabetes is a well-known risk factor for dementia. But how does Type II Diabetes actually influence our risk for dementia? And can Type II Diabetes also influence our disease progression once we have dementia? Let’s find out. Diabetes Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions, but … Continue reading Type II Diabetes and dementia
Smoking and dementia risk Smoking has been known for a long time to increase the risk for dementia. But how does smoking increase our risk for dementia? Is nicotine by itself increase our risk for dementia? How about vaping, does this also increase our risk for dementia? Let’s find out. Smoking and health consequences It … Continue reading Smoking and dementia risk
Alcohol and dementia – Many people are not aware that alcohol consumption can be a potential risk factor for dementia. How can alcohol influence our risk for dementia? Is this a risk we need to be aware of when consuming alcohol? Let’s find out. Alcohol Alcohol is the most common accepted societal drug. Most of … Continue reading Alcohol and dementia
Risk factors for dementia are by now well known, in particular how our lifestyle choices can influence our risk for dementia. But much less is known in how much our environment potentially influences the risk for dementia. The few research studies which investigated the environmental influences on the risk for developing dementia did not find … Continue reading Air pollution and dementia risk
Sleep is a key part of our body’s healthy functioning and it is therefore not surprising that we nearly spend a quarter of our life asleep. However, for some people, their sleep gets disrupted by breathing problems, so-called obstructive sleep apnea, with previous reports suggesting that obstructive sleep apnea might increase our risk for Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Take my breath away – Do breathing problems during sleep increase our risk for Alzheimer’s disease?
We all trust that that medication is safe for us to use. We base this assumption on the fact that the development of the medication went through the rigorous process of clinical trials. Clinical trials do not only test whether a new medication is effective in treating the disease or symptom but importantly also whether … Continue reading Anticholinergic medication and its impact on dementia risk