Researchers proposed in an American based study that fatty acid levels may be able to help identify effective treatments for Alzheimer’s, a disease that causes damage to the brain, affecting memory and one’s normal functioning ability. As reported by BBC News, testing conducted on mice demonstrated a reduction in problems with memory and behavior with controlled levels of fatty acids in the brain. Diet and drugs were credited with the potential to help control fatty acid levels, and prove to be a major breakthrough for the hundreds of thousands of patients living with dementia and other related conditions.
Researchers from both the University of California and the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease were identified in the BBC News article to have conducted tests by raising the fatty acid levels of the mice subjects, which were genetically engineered to have conditions mimicking Alzheimer’s. After, the scientists lowered the levels in the brain, which slowed or stopped the progression of memory related impairments.
Although medical researchers and others remain optimistic about the potential effects the findings could have for leading to a cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia, more research is needed for the approval of testing through human trials.