Durin Technologies Inc, a New Jersey based company has developed a new blood test for Alzheimer’s that they believe is 96% accurate and can perhaps detect the disease even before symptoms such as memory loss occur.
Currently doctors use evaluation of behaviour and psychiatric tests as well as brain imaging to diagnose the disease. These tests are not highly accurate and in the case of brain imaging, costly enough to not be practical to use on a widespread basis. The only definitive way to diagnose the disease is through an examination of brain tissue after death.
The importance of early detection is that it can be a wake-up call to take care of your brain. Diet, exercise and remaining intellectually engaged are all keys to brain health. But it would be best to build your brain’s cognitive reserve against such diseases by taking care of your brain now. In 1900 we had an average life-span in this country of 50 and now our life span is over 80 years of age. We now have more years to enjoy and a healthy brain is a key factor in living your life fully….and the good news is that it is never too late to start.