Dementia Prevention Starts with Genetics; DoctorsHealthPress.com Reports on Study

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The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study regarding dementia. With an aging population, the rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are expected to spike. However, the Doctors Health Press reports that there is good news; a new study has found that a person’s family tree could provide protection from this disease.

Dementia Prevention Starts with Genetics; DoctorsHealthPress.com Reports on Study

Dementia Prevention Starts with Genetics; DoctorsHealthPress.com Reports on Study

According to a new study in Neurology, people without dementia who also have higher levels of inflammation tend to have relatives who are more likely to avoid the disease as well.

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The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study regarding dementia. With an aging population, the rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are expected to spike. However, the Doctors Health Press reports that there is good news; a new study has found that a person’s family tree could provide protection from this disease.

As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/dementia-prevention-starts-with-this), when health news is about genetic links, it is usually about a person’s higher risk of getting something because their father or their grandmother had it. But the reverse, as this study shows, is also true: protection can run in the family.

According to a new study in Neurology, people without dementia who also have higher levels of inflammation tend to have relatives who are more likely to avoid the disease as well.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Dementia Prevention Starts with This,” reports in older adults whose minds are working well, higher levels of “C-reactive protein” (which, in higher amounts, suggests inflammation in the body) are associated with a stronger memory. Now, the new study also found that the more C-reactive protein in a person, the lower the risk for dementia is in that person’s parents and siblings. Therein lays the genetic shield.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports the study group comprised of 277 men over age 75 who had no signs of dementia. As the article outlines, researchers measured levels of the protein in question, then investigated cases of dementia among more than 1,300 close family members. They found that 40 relatives in 37 separate families had developed dementia. A complementary study looked at 51 men over 85 without dementia, and they found nine of 205 relatives had dementia.

The study also concluded that those who had greater levels of C-reactive protein were more than 30% less likely to have family members with dementia. (The secondary group led to similar findings.)

What is curious overall about this, based on a swell of medical studies, is that C-reactive protein is generally considered a negative thing. It suggests inflammation in the body, which is one of the biggest causes of serious disease. It is tied to a host of conditions, leading off with heart disease. And in older adults who are just around the cusp of retirement age, the protein is related to poorer mental function.

For very old people who are still healthy in the mind, high levels of C-reactive protein indicate that they are resistant to dementia; they’ve had high levels for this long, so they are able to withstand it and remain healthy. Only in a case like this could this dangerous protein be considered a good thing.

Now the research shows that such protection against dementia and memory loss can be passed on to immediate relatives.

(SOURCE: Silverman, J., et al., “C-reactive protein and familial risk for dementia: A phenotype for successful cognitive aging,” Neurology, Aug. 15, 2012 [published ahead of print].)

Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin is a daily e-letter providing natural health news with a focus on natural healing through foods, herbs and other breakthrough health alternative treatments. For more information on Doctors Health Press, visit http://www.doctorshealthpress.com.

The Doctors Health Press believes in the healing properties of various alternative remedies, including Traditional Chinese Medicine. To see a video outlining the Doctors Health Press' views on Traditional Chinese Medicine, visit http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/chinesemedicine.

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