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Inhaling Insulin Could Help Alzheimer’s Patients

Many researchers have concluded in past studies that people with Alzheimer’s have reduced levels of  insulin in their brain, which is even noticeable in the earliest stages.  Now U.S. researchers are making progress with these findings, as they  have been working on a study where patients who have early forms of  Alzheimer’s disease inhale insulin through their noses. The findings  show that those patients in the study who received the insulin treatment for four months during their Alzheimer’s care had improved memory recall when tested. Dr. Suzanne Craft of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington in Seattle, feels that the results of this insulin study should merit additional research into the treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Researchers across the globe are  working to improve treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, which affects  over 25 million people worldwide. The disease causes incurable deterioration of the brain and is ultimately fatal. Hopefully the recent work by Craft and her team on the effects of insulin delivered directly to the brain will spur other researchers to further the work. At this time the treatment is not ready to be used in mass scale with patients,  as Craft stated “Four months is rather short for a treatment study, but if longer studies show this to be a safe and beneficial treatment, I could see it being something that patients might want to try.” Each year more people are affected with Alzheimer’s disease, and finding  proper treatments soon is key to helping future generations combat the  disease.

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Ellen grew up on the east coast and spent 10 years working in senior homes during her 20's and 30's before taking a break to raise her 3 children. Now that her children are in college, Ellen uses her knowledge of senior care to help her write about all of the latest industry news. Ellen is a fabulous seamstress, and when not writing about the senior care industry, you can find her sewing away on her latest fashion creation. Ellen tagged this post with: , Read 11 articles by Ellen
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