Alzheimer’s is a complex disease. Researchers at UCLA say that they have developed a program that shows for the first time memory loss being reversed.
It is a novel, comprehensive and personal approach to treating memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Ten memory-loss patients, some with brain-scan-confirmed patterns of Alzheimer’s, participated in a small UCLA trial called MEND (Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration).
In the UCLA protocol, patients made dramatic lifestyle changes by avoiding simple carbs, gluten and processed foods. They increased their fish intake, practiced yoga and meditation. They were instructed to take melatonin, get adequate sleep, incorporate vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil.
Within six months, nine patients saw a noticeable improvement in memory. One patient, who was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, did not show improvement.
The findings suggest at least early on, changing a person’s metabolic processes can bring back memory and cognitive function.
Six of the patients of the patients in the study who had to discontinue working were all able to return to their jobs. Study authors say some patients were followed up to two and a half years and the memory improvements remained.
Plans are underway to do larger studies on this therapeutic program.