Bill Gates Is Pledging $50 Million to End This Deadly Disease

Over the years Bill Gates has been known to donate large parts of wealth to charity to help make the world a better place. 

On Monday, Bill Gates announced that he would be tackling Alzheimer's diseases head-on with a $50 million personal investment to the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture fund organized by several major pharmaceutical companies and the United Kingdom's department of health to find a cure for the disease.

Till today, the terrifying illness still exists without a cure, but Gates believes that there is a possible solution somewhere. 

Alzheimer is the sixth leading cause of death in America and a new case is diagnosed every 56 seconds. Five million Americans currently live with the disease and scientists predict that 16 million will be living with it by 2050, unless there is a breakthrough in research to find a cure. 

Doctors believe the Alzheimer's process begins as many as 20 or 30 years before patients start showing symptoms (like forgetfulness). 

The neurodegenerative disease destroys most of the patients' mental functions and leads to memory loss. 

Symptoms include 

Cognitive: mental decline, difficulty thinking, and understanding, confusion in the evening hours, delusion, disorientation, forgetfulness, making things up, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, inability to create new memories, inability to do simple maths, or inability to recognize common things

Behavioural: aggression, agitation, difficulty with self-care, irritability, meaningless repetition of own words, personality changes, restlessness, lack of restraint, or wandering and getting lost

Mood: anger, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, or mood swings

Psychological: depression, hallucination, or paranoia

Also common: inability to combine muscle movements, jumbled speech, or loss of appetite

Scientists have not been able to find a cure for the disease but, they have introduced some possible ways to mitigate your risk.

1. Lay Off Artificial Sugars 

Like your diet drinks, coca-cola drinks and processed foods containing sugar.

2. Exercise More And Eat Better

Eating brain food like fish and vegetables with moderate aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes per week can reduce your levels of brain plaques and tangles (symptoms associated with Alzheimer's). 

According to David Merrill, M.D., Ph.D., physical activity can make your brain cells healthier. 

3. Get Enough Sleep 

This is something I even have a schedule for, the benefits of getting enough sleep cannot be underestimated. Scientists have found a link between chronic sleep deprivation and Alzheimer's during a study on mice in 2016.

So there you have it. 

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor.

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