This could be the very first warning sign of dementia
Ask any doctor, even a top neurologist, and he'll be forced to admit the truth: He doesn't know why some people develop dementia.
Docs don't know WHAT causes the disease... or even WHEN it starts.
Now, the latest research could change all that.
It unlocks what could be one of the biggest mysteries of the disease, revealing not only WHEN it starts but also WHAT just might be that critical earliest symptom.
It shows what to look for and when to take action so you can get an upper hand on the disease, fight back early, and win.
The key is in changes in your mood, especially anxiety.
Of course, mood problems are very common in patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and most docs have assumed that it's just part of the disease itself. Dementia makes the world a confusing place, which also makes it a frightening one.
And that, in turn, can lead to depression and anxiety.
But the new study shows how that anxiety might turn up FIRST.
Researchers tested and examined 270 older folks for cognitive problems and mood disorders, then they tracked them over five years.
Those who had some anxiety and grew more anxious over that time showed alarming changes in the brain.
They developed higher levels of beta amyloid plaques, which is a key marker of the damage that often leads to Alzheimer's disease.
The action point here is to never ignore changes to your mood, especially when there seems to be no real rhyme or reason to them.
It's normal to be depressed over a sad event... or anxious over a big life change.
But when there's no obvious cause, those mood shifts are often a sign of something else going on -- and not just dementia. Unexplained changes including anxiety and depression could be warning signs of other illnesses, nutritional problems, hormonal deficiencies, and more.
Most of these problems can be corrected.
Even early-stage dementia can often be stopped and reversed if it's caught early enough and treated with targeted nutritional therapies and detoxifying treatments such as chelation.
Work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can test you for the all of the possible causes of these mood changes and help you get the treatment you need in time to make a difference -- and prevent it from turning into something worse, including dementia.
For complete testing and treatment in the San Diego area, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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