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To what extent can Early- Onset Alzheimer’s disease be prevented by Modern Medicine? By Alisha Wallace
Why I chose Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease… Great Grandad had the disease I had little insight into the disease Wanted to learn more about the disease Lack of knowledge of Early-Onset Alzheimer's
Initial Research Different types of Dementia Needed knowledge to analyse data Research Plan
Books I read… 1.‘Jan’s Story’ by Barry Petersen Sentimental not scientific 2.‘Alzheimer’s disease: what if there was a cure?’ by Mary Newport Use of ketones as alternative fuel
Secondary Research Favoured secondary research Based on research already conducted Modern medicine= recent research Internet/websites Research has been published online
Alzheimer’s Association Useful website Respected charity Wide range of research Information on: Different types of dementia Stages Medications/treatments Risk factors
Contacting Specialists Contacted 7 initially Asked Biology teachers AllExperts.com 1.Cindy Keith 2.Michalene Peticca
What my project is about… Prevention of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Not a finite answer Individualised disease Difficult to prevent entirely 1.Lifestyle 2.Genes (DeMoe family)
Plaques and Tangles Hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease Blocks cell-to-cell communication Death of brain cells No known cause
Green - the part of the brain involved in thinking and planning Red - the part of the brain involved in learning and memory. Earliest Stages of Alzheimer’s
Blue- speaking and understanding speech Yellow- Your sense of where your body is in relation to objects around you. Mild-Moderate Alzheimer’s
Moderate-Severe Alzheimer’s Brain shrinks due to widespread cell death
Glucose as Fuel Glucose= main energy source for the body Insulin needed for glucose to get into cells Type 3 Diabetes Teenagers= 100:1 Elderly= 29:1 With Alzheimer's= 2:1
Ketones as Fuel Don’t need insulin Alternative to glucose Increase levels of ketones o MCT/ Coconut Oil o Ketogenic Diet
Steve’s Clocks When asked to draw a clock this is what he drew…
“ …it felt like a light had been switched on… ”
Conclusion Cannot be prevented currently Genetics Slow down progression Lessen symptoms Much like cancer
How it has helped me… Increased research skills Effective time management Essay writing skills Links to my degree
What I would do differently next time… Extend research plan Contact more specialists Contact specialists sooner
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