Detecting dementia early
Dementia is considered an age related condition in which symptoms first appear from mid-50s, however a new blood testing technique could help researchers detect Alzheimer’s prior to showing early signs of dementia. The approach could be less invasive and costly than current brain imaging and spinal fluid tests, further enabling earlier treatments and encouraging a great step towards better care and understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions.
Diagnosis as early as possible is crucial to unlocking the right care and support.
In modern medicine there are many researchers studying dementia treatments and even looking for a future cure. So this new blood test method could reveal dementia a decade(s) before symptoms start to occur. Researchers from Europe identified a certain protein as a possible blood-marker for the very early stages.
Prior to this, a new drug (Lecanemab) revealed how the medication works in the early stages of the disease by attacking sticky clumps known as beta amyloid that aggregates up in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers. Alzheimer’s Research UK said findings from these clinical trials were “momentous” Furthermore, in December 2022, the NHS launched a dementia diagnosis drive across the country to help diagnose people with signs or symptoms of dementia. This was a greatly supportive cause that helped many who may not have direct accessibility to healthcare or others who are unaware of their condition.
It’s a challenging condition to deal with but often those with family members dealing with dementia may be concerned for their own health and wish to take this new blood test at 30 or 40 years old would be welcomed to do so. Though this blood test discovery is in it’s very early stages, there’s hope for many; an early diagnosis gives someone the chance to explain to family and friends the changes happening in their life – early diagnosis helps someone with dementia to continue to live independently in their own home for longer.Receiving an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis may help lessen anxieties in other forms of health management such as taking important medications such as for diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure.Family will be better able to support loved ones if they can understand you’re condition and the challenges that come.
Benefits of this early detection would mean, using treatments more effectively. Also, identifying the type of dementia in individuals helps families, carers and care workers to provide the right care and support. Earlier in the process, you’re able to participate more actively in your own healthcare decisions and future plans. You can focus on what’s important and set priorities based on what’s important to you, such as travelling, pursuing new goals, or deciding when to stop working.