Dementia with Lewy Bodies Has Its Own Genetic Signature
About 15 years ago I became acquainted with Lewy Body Disease the hard way when my father was diagnosed. In the meantime, I learned that nobody really knew that much about the disease or how to effectively treat it. Unlike other diseases that had been pulled apart hundreds of ways to find the best ways to treat them, this second leading cause of dementia has remained a scientific ghost. That is, perhaps until now, as researchers are zeroing in on it’s genetics.
My Introduction to Lewy Body Dementia
My father began to exhibit the first signs of what everyone thought was Parkinson’s disease about 20 years ago. The problem was that while the slow and limited movements of Parkinson’s can be easily treated with medications, my dad wasn’t responding in the same way. His local physicians didn’t know why, so I had a local expert Neuropsychologist see him and to her it was clear, he had Lewy Body Dementia.
Like to many people, this diagnosis didn’t resonate. While I had learned a little about this issue in medical school, the more I researched the disease the more questions I unearthed. Turned out nobody really knew much about it, why it happened, or how to treat it. All they knew was that these patients had the worse parts of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, with some hallucinations thrown in for good measure. They also knew that on post-mortem exams they had these small inclusions in the brain called lewy bodies. Read More: https://www.regenexx.com/is-lewy-body-dementia-genetic/
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