Is Alzheimer’s disease preventable? And how food may play a role…

Alzheimer is still unfortunately an incurable  disease without real treatment.

But is there really not we can do?

Perhaps there are some things that we can influence:

Read the interesting CNN’s report:

An estimated 47 million people globally have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is projected to triple by 2050. Ther is no cure or real treatment, but studies show and according to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are some things you can do to keep memory loss at bay: exercise, education, not smoking, reducing the impact of chronic conditions such as diabetes, getting adequate sleep, staying socially engaged, learning new things, taking care of your mental health and eating a healthy diet. One effort in particular, diet, is getting some renewed interest from scientists.

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Source: CNN

Has your loved one recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

Here Are Some Ways to Support Your Partner With Bipolar Disorder

If your spouse or loved one has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you may be wondering what to expect and how to best show your support. Here are suggestions for helping them cope with the disorder.

Boost your partner

Boost your partner’s confidence

If you can make your partner or loved one feel good about him or herself, their treatment will be much easier.

So will both of your lives.

Take an active role in bipolar treatmentTake an active role in bipolar treatment

Remind your partner to take their pills. Don’t count on them to stick faithfully to their medication regimen, as they may slip from time to time. If they are seeing a psychiatrist or counselor, it could be helpful to join him or her for a session. At minimum, if you have questions or concerns, write them down so your partner can take them to doctor appointments.

Recognize there are things a bipolar patient canRecognize there are things a bipolar patient can’t do

Some everyday tasks are difficult for people with bipolar disorder to handle. For example, bill paying can be stressful, creating anger and frustration.

Try to be understanding and help your partner.

Remember your partnerRemember your partner’s strengths

Appreciate your partner’s strengths and superhero abilities that come from bipolar disorder. For instance, go along during a hypomanic phase when he or she wants sex multiple times per day.

But also understand that medication may lead to a reduced sex drive at times.

Be there during bad timesBe there during bad times

When he or she is in a bad frame of mind, don’t be afraid. Don’t put up a defense or brace yourself for something bad. Be there to talk and support your loved one. While they may be nasty during a bad phase, stay with them.

Embrace your partnerEmbrace your partner’s bipolar diagnosis

Accept your partner’s bipolar diagnosis. It’s not going to change. His or her condition may not improve. Medication can control bipolar, but your partner won’t be “cured.” Realize that a bipolar diagnosis is not always a bad thing. Your loved one is the same person he or she has always been.

Your partner may embarrass you at timesYour partner may embarrass you at times

Your partner may do something bold, brash or stupid. Step up and support them in a non-condescending way, even though you may be embarrassed. Don’t say “that’s the bipolar disorder talking” or openly blame it on the condition. Accept your loved one, don’t dwell on it, give them a hug to show that you understand and move on. Your partner will be grateful.

Remember that life wonRemember that life won’t be easy

A bipolar diagnosis takes its toll on every relationship. Remember that things may not be easy. When bad episodes come, they may be more dangerous and volatile than before. Rather than using his or her old coping techniques, after a bipolar diagnosis your partner may try harder to rein in their behavior. And this could make things worse.

Watch for triggers and behavior changesWatch for triggers and behavior changes

Watch for clues of upcoming changes to your partner’s mood or frame of mind.

You are in the best position to recognize the signs and help them identify and understand them.

Source (text & pictures): HealthCentral

Panel Says Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is A Disease, And Renames It

Chronic fatigue syndrome has been a controversial name and a controversial diagnosis.

A 15 member panel of the institute of Medicine – an independent government advisory body – redefines and renames the “chronic Fatigue Syndrome” and summarizes the scientific evidence to do so in a 235-page report.

The new name: systemic exertion intolerance disease, or SEID for short

Read more: NPR