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Dr. Allan Kurtz

Board Certified Internal Medicine
Fellowship in Functional Medicine

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Prevention Center of Southern California




Understanding Brain Degeneration


Alzheimer's disease, and Related Disorders, is used to define a group of diseases that have one thing in common -- each is a cause of mild cognitive impairment.

Dementia is a progressive condition which impairs mental skills that interfere with a person's ability to function in a usual manner in his or her social, family, personal, or professional life.

Alzheimer's disease begins 30 years before the first symptoms appear. It affects five million people in this country. Accumulation of beta amyloid plaques in the brain is thought to be the major mechanism which causes Alzheimer's disease, and can be found in young brains.

Through simple prevention strategies, there is evidence that the risk of Alzheimer's disease can be reduced by 50%.

In Alzheimer's they are number of ways a brain cell die.
Excessive formation of free radicals, which can be toxic to brain cells.
Increased glutamine, which is increased when we are stressed.
Accumulation, of a toxic plaque substance, called Beta amyloid.
Inflammation of brain tissue.
Accumulation of a toxic proteins called tau.


Degenerative brain disease are often due to Genetic factors.
The E4 version of the Apo lipoprotein E gene is thee major genetic risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease.



Treatment


Here is a five-step plan to decrease Alzheimer's disease and keep the brain healthy with age.

Step 1. Know your risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, Family history, high homocysteine levels, obesity, sleep apnea, Apo lipoprotein E4 gene.

Step 2. Reduce Your Risk - Early screening, Exercise 3x week, engage in lifelong learning, - Nutritional supplements, hormone optimization

Step 3. Keep your body and brain active - Exercise, read

Step 4. Supplementation - Essential fatty acids, B Vitamins, Vitamin D

Step 5. Start with Our Children - Avoid Head trauma, proper diet, and exercise.


Call Dr. Allan Kurtz at 818.346.1440 to discuss these Brain Degeneration Treatment Options options