New Study: Alzheimer's Can Be Predicted By Blood Test Long Before It Starts Developing

Date February 9, 2018

The Alzheimer disease may be the most heartbreaking for a person and his family. This brain dementia develops slowly and attacks brain aggressively, making it worse over time.

It is not easy to deal with, as this disease takes away a person’s memory and motor abilities, which are necessary for daily life.  Their stories make us think that if we could know this kind of dementia would develop in our brain, we would start doing something way before it started.

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The new research gives this opportunity – it can foretell if someone may suffer from Alzheimer’s in 10 or 15 years. The team of scientists from Australia and Japan figured out that a simple blood test might show a perfect picture of the future.

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Professor Colin Masters from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health commented that such blood test would simplify the process of making diagnoses. It finds out the build-up of the protein amyloid-beta in blood plasma, which is the first signals of brain dementia.

If the blood test is negative, it means you have only 5 percent of possibility to develop Alzheimer’s within 10-15 years.

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At the same time, doctors state that there is no special pre-therapy in a case of a positive blood test. It is unknown if people would want to know the bitter truth long beforehand. Maybe they do because knowing the result would make them plan these 10 years in a different way. The idea of medical future-telling still remains controversial, and it is up to a person whether to venture into uncovering the dark future.

Source: Alzheimer's & Dementia 

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