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Vitamin E might be weapon in fight against Alzheimer's

As many Newark residents know, Alzheimer's disease can in far too many cases rob a person of their memories and eventually lead to death. It's often an agonizing process for both the sufferer and the person's family.

Unsurprisingly, those with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's often can no longer continue working, and must instead apply for benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance.

However, researchers are saying daily doses of Vitamin E could slow the progress of the disease in mild to moderate cases.

Researchers gave high doses of Vitamin E to a group of older veterans and found that the vitamin slowed the declines by approximately 25 percent.

That meant the veterans could hang on to daily living skills (meal preparation, conversation, getting dressed, etc.) longer than would be expected in people not receiving the doses.

The difference in decline was significant: for many, it was the difference between living independently and having to move to a nursing facility.

Researchers noted that the Vitamin E did not help those who were taking other medications to help them with the disease. They also noted that the vitamin did not appear to help those in the study to retain thinking abilities, but it did help them require less assistance from caregivers.

The lead researcher noted that the vitamin regimen isn't a cure, but that it does "slow down the rate of progression" of Alzheimer's.

A doctor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine just a few miles from Newark hailed the research, saying it's a breakthrough that gives us "the first truly disease-modifying intervention for Alzheimer's."

Those prevented from working by the disease can receive help in filing an SSDI claim from an experienced attorney familiar with the law and Social Security Administration bureaucracy.

Source: New Zealand Herald, "Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer's disease - research," Jan. 3, 2014

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