The latest breakthrough in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease says that taking a common painkiller every day can prevent this killer from striking.
It sounds pretty brazen, but Dr. Patrick McGeer, a highly esteemed Canadian neuroscientist, says that if a daily dose of the painkiller ibuprofen is begun early enough, this can prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
What?! Ibuprofen As a Preventive
for Alzheimer’s Disease?
Yes, that’s what Dr. McGeer who’s been studying Alzheimer’s disease for 30 years, says.
In 2016, Dr. McGeer and his team made the announcement that a simple saliva test can diagnose AD as well as predict its future onset in asymptomatic people.
The saliva test measures the concentration of Abeta42, the peptide amyloid beta protein that accumulates in the brains of AD patients.
In most people the rate of Abeta42 is the same regardless of age. But if the rate is two to three times greater, these individuals will likely develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Abeta42 is made everywhere in the body but accumulates in the brain of AD patients.
The peptide is secreted by saliva, and with just one teaspoon of saliva, Dr. McGeer says it’s possible to predict an eventual onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
People who are found to be at risk for eventual onset have the same level of Abeta42 in their saliva as do people already diagnosed with AD.
Dr. McGeer says that such individuals show this elevated Abeta42 throughout their lifetime, and hence, can be tested for it at any time.
“Knowing that the prevalence of clinical Alzheimer’s Disease commences at age 65, we recommend that people get tested ten years before, at age 55,” says Dr. McGeer in the report, “when the onset of Alzheimer’s would typically begin. If they exhibit elevated Abeta42 levels then, that is the time to begin taking daily ibuprofen to ward off the disease.”
This intervention would not work on someone who already has symptoms.
“We now have a simple test that can indicate if a person is fated to develop Alzheimer’s disease long before it begins to develop,” continues Dr. McGeer in the paper (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, March 2018).
“Individuals can prevent that from happening through a simple solution that requires no prescription or visit to a doctor,” he continues. “This is a true breakthrough since it points in a direction where AD can eventually be eliminated.”