Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?
Newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and TV seem to be full of stories about ways to stay healthy, eat right, and keep fit. Many people are concerned about staying healthy as they get older. Along with keeping their bodies healthy, they want to keep their minds sharp. They also want to avoid brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), that occur more often in older people than in younger people.
Currently, AD has no known cure, but the results of recent research are raising hopes that someday it might be possible to delay the onset of AD, slow its progress, or even prevent it altogether. Delaying by even 5 years the time when AD symptoms begin could greatly reduce the number of people who have this devastating disease. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; other Government agencies; and private-sector groups support research that takes many different approaches to studying how to prevent or delay the disease.