New research from UCL has shown that memory loss can not always be a first symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.
A study of 7,815 people found that younger people may initially suffer from problems with language, judgment or visual / spatial perception before memory loss. The report focused on the theory that the symptoms experienced may depend on the age of a person, suggesting that physicians need new ways of perceiving Alzheimer’s disease.
In all age groups, memory loss was the most common first symptom, but among young people, solving problems and loss of visual perception was initially reported. Moreover, a quarter of those under 60 and 20 percent of those in their 60s had symptoms other than memory loss – these numbers were reduced to ten percent of the more than 70 years and one in 15 for over 80.
Dr. Jo Barnes, researcher Research UK Alzheimer at UCL, said: “Our results show the many different ways of Alzheimer’s can affect the brain, causing problems with several different cognitive processes, not only memory imaging studies of the brain have suggested that. the disease may be more likely to affect different parts of the brain in younger people, and this may help explain some of the different symptoms seen in our study. importantly, however, even in older age groups not all people with memory loss of Alzheimer report its first warning sign of the disease. “
If symptoms other than memory loss is detected, it is essential that we look at the diagnosis of the disease in a whole new light. Doctors will soon have to use tests that do not focus solely on memory while the study also pays attention to some of the other anxieties that patients have to deal with.
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