Your brain is made of billions of nerve cells sending messages to each other so you can function and think clearly.
In Alzheimer’s, the messaging system between the different parts of your brain becomes damaged and disconnected.
This is due to proteins called amyloid and tau. Amyloid causes plaque to build up around cells whereas tau causes brain cells to become tangled up.
The more brain cells that are damaged, the number of neurotransmitters – the chemicals carrying messages around the brain – decrease, causing a loss of brain function.
One of the first affected areas is your memories, which is why people with Alzheimer’s can seem confused or forgetful.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive condition, meaning it gets worse over time, and at the moment there’s no cure.
However, as more research is carried out into the causes of Alzheimer’s, we can determine the lifestyle factors that increase your risk of Alzheimer’s.
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