it may not be a “cure” for dementia, but millions can prescribe drugs someday stop damage to the brain, experts say.
dementia describes a collection of symptoms including memory loss and problems with thinking, problem solving or language and can be caused by Alzheimer’s disease or stroke.
However, scientists believe that the new generation of drugs could prevent expected to increase the number of people being diagnosed with dementia, making Alzheimer what statins and they do to lower cholesterol, preventing heart attacks and strokes.
However, the University of Cambridge scientists have argued the projected increase of patients with dementia as the population ages never happen – because of better education and better living standards .
But while millions of people are still affected by the condition, effective treatment or cure for the disease it is being considered as distant.
Experts have said that there should be a greater emphasis on reducing the risk of dementia to keep the brain healthy through lifestyle and social changes, with future medications to prevent or treat disease at an earlier stage.
compounds researchers have found what might work.
Professor Michel Goedert Research Laboratory of the Medical Council of Molecular Biology, said: “We know a lot about the causes of inherited forms of Alzheimer’s disease, but this knowledge to now it has not led to any therapy
. ” it is now clear that aggregation of the abnormal protein is central to Alzheimer’s disease, but do not know the mechanisms by which this aggregation leads to neurodegeneration.
“I do not think we should talk about a cure.
” Maybe we will be able to stop the disease. Prevention is much more important. “
Professor Goedert said he does not believe there will ever be a single treatment, but expert added can use combination therapies in the same way we treat other diseases such as HIV.
professor David Rubinsztein agreed the focus should be on prevention rather than treating the disease and supports the concept of neurostatins
professor Rubinsztein the Cambridge Institute for medical Research, said: “These compounds would be safe, well tolerated by most people and generally good for you; you could take them for many years before the onset of the disease
“Then there would be no need to worry about identifying people at increased risk of disease. – everyone could take.”
he said he remains optimistic about the possibility of fighting Alzheimer’s disease, and added. “If you could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, even for three to five years, the discovery could be transformative and massively reduce the number of people who get the disease
“we’re not asking to stop the disease, only to delay it. Really it is not such a big question. “
This comes after it was revealed a sea monster game could help diagnose early dementia.