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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, March 4, 2016

alzheimers news-ppi and dementia

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ppi is proton pump inhibitor
like the purple pill prilosec and nexium and prevacid and zegerid
all are now generic and over the counter thats otc

i take omeprazole which is prilosec
its otc but i get it as a prescription since its cheaper that way

now i have been on this for 20 years off and on
for the last several years mostly on
if i taper off it each day brings more and more burning in my stomach
i have acid reflux and gastroparesis
the omeprazole is one of the drugs used for these conditions

excessive eating excessive caffeine and excessive alcohol makes it

so i have accepted the fact i have to take this stuff every day
in order to keep from getting symptoms
i try to skip doses some but like i said skipping two
my tummy lets me know

when i had all my oral surgery i went on a liquid diet
drinking soup for meals
decreasing my caffeine and my alcohol also
i noticed some improvement in my symptoms
despite missing a few days of the ppi

no i realized as i returned back to my normal diet
i have to have that omeprazole that ppi almost every day
to stay burn free in my belly
i accept this fate
it could be worse
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so my eyebrow raised somewhat when i read that article
about the use of ppi and the increased risk of dementia
all i could think was
thats all i need is to make things worse
up there in my brain
i seem to be doing things to make my memory return back to

an aside here
i noticed while i was recovering from my oral surgery
that i got away from a lot of what i was doing
including missing aricept thats donepezil and my supplements
as well as missing sleep not being active
that i personally noticed some subtle changes in my memory
a subtle reminder i am doing something right
that bad stuff is still up there

a subtle reminder that i had better not stop doing it

now that im back on my regimen i can tell a difference

it seems according to the research that the ppi leak some into the brain
and decrease the function of the garbage cleaners the  microglia
that cleans debris from the brain
if that debris accumulates it can cause dementia

so ppi by doing this might increase the changes of dementia

how significant in this
not real sure is what the general consensus is

so a well known researcher wrote a comment on the study
he said
even with this information he plans on staying on his ppi
this is what i have decided to do

keep taking my omeprazole every day but skipping it occasionally
keeping a close eye on future studies on this subject

the other thing ppi can cause by decreasing the acid secretion
in the stomach
thats what stops that burning
like someone is in there with sandpapper rubbing away
is that it decreases the absorption of vitamin b12
so people on long term ppi can develop a low b12

severe low levels of b12 can cause memory issues

now i was found a couple of years ago to have a low b12 level
i take b12 every day to keep my levels up
along with 12 other supplements

so i would say
if you are on one of these ppi
make sure you really need it
which is true of any medication or supplement or vitamin
they all have potential side effects

read about it
do like i did make an assessment and make an informed decision

here is a link to my upcoming presentation on clinical research on march 12th

GPS: A road map for caring for aging family members
'Learn about research into Alzheimer's disease treatments being done here in Texas at this year's GPS Caregiver Workshop on March 12 at Riverbend Church Austin! Our friend Dr. Dewayne Nash will give an informative talk on clinical trial opportunities and new frontiers in our understanding of dementia.'

schedule —
9:00 - 10:00 Dr. Dewayne Nash (Retired physician & research participant) - “Alzheimer’s Research - A Physician’s Personal Connection”
10:00 - 11:30 Jennifer Scott, Keynote (Director, Area Agency on Aging Capital Area) - “Practical Tips for Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers”
11:30 - Noon LUNCH
12:00 - 1:00 Pastor Reg Larkin (Counselor and Minister) - “Faith, Celebration and Grief in Caregiving”
1:00 - 2:00 Mary Koffend (Owner, Accountable Aging) - “Three M's of Health Insurance- Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap”

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