Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common types of dementia (diminished mental skills due to disease). Although the cause of the disease has not been fully identified, Alzheimer's is caused by premature death of brain cells or by shrinkage of these cells, resulting in them losing their activity.
Exactly as in the case of dementia, Alzheimer's is a disease progressing from disruption of daily activities to failure of the patient to express himself/herself, impairment of his/her relations with the environment, deterioration of his/her calculation judgment skills and perception in further stages, which causes personality changes, a number of psychological symptoms in later stages.
ALZHEIMER'S TREATMENT WITH STEM CELLS
With stem cell therapy, the progression of Alzheimer's disease can be slowed down and regressed, and even stopped completely. The success rate of the treatment is proportional to the patient's age, the duration of the disease and the patient's condition. If the disease has severely progressed, treatment may need to be repeated more than once.
Stem cells have the ability to turn into brain cells when they touch these cells, and that being the case, they are used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Stem cell therapy is used in autoimmune system diseases because it has the effect of improving, triggering and regulating the body's autoimmune (defense/immune) system. Since the regulation of the autoimmune system has positive effects in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, stem cells are once again important in the treatment of the disease.
Stem cells are used in the treatment of aged and weakened organs in the body as well. Therefore, they are also effective in treating organs with impaired functions due to aging or Alzheimer's.
The size of the administered stem cells is small enough to pass through the brain cells. Therefore, the success rate of the treatment increases significantly in early diagnosis. The treatment protocol is precisely determined according to the patient's condition and a different protocol is applied for each patient.
Previous studies reported a very high percentage of positive results with stem cell therapy. This treatment significantly prevented progression to further phases of the disease in 75% of the patients and helped to resolve the existing serious condition.
Causes of Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease occurs when the brain cells die earlier than programmed, the cause of which is not fully understood. (Every person experience brain cell death with age, but in Alzheimer's disease, this process occurs very quickly and earlier than expected). Although it is seen very rare (in approximately 5 out of 100 patients), it has genetic forms as well.
Although the exact cause of the disease is not known, a number of conditions causing risk include age, past depression, vascular diseases, and serious head injuries in the past.