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Effective Way Of Treating Alzheimer's Memory Loss

Update Date: Oct 07, 2014 09:03 AM EDT

By using a complex program of lifestyle changes, supplements and hormones, positive results were achieved in treating memory problems associated with early stage Alzheimer's disease, reports a new study. 

Of the first 10 patients treated, nine reported improvements in memory within three to six months, according to Dr. Dale Bredesen, a professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who developed the program.

The full regimen involves 36 components, and is tailored to the individual, Bredesen added.

Specifically, the program involves diet changes such as eliminating simple carbohydrates and processed foods; regular exercise; stress reduction; better sleeping habits and in some cases hormone therapy. 

The single patient who did not respond to the therapy had advanced Alzheimer's, Bredesen said.

"Obviously, larger studies are warranted," Bredesen stressed in the press release.

"It's way too early to draw any conclusions from this," said Heather Snyder, director of medical and scientific operations for the Alzheimer's Association in Chicago. "It raises a lot of questions that should be explored in larger studies."

Experts usually advise against taking supplement without checking with a doctor, but it's always wise to have a healthy diet. 

The study was published in the journal Aging.

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