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Lewy Body Dementia

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Last Updated: 01 May 2022

Lewy body dementia is one of the most common sorts of dementia in older adults. Dementia is a loss of mental functions that is extreme sufficient to influence your everyday life and activities. There are 2 types of LBD: dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease dementia. The main difference remains in when the cognitive and movement symptoms start. Later, it causes other symptoms, such as movement symptoms, aesthetic hallucinations, and certain rest disorders. Parkinson's disease dementia starts as a movement disorder. LBD occurs when Lewy bodies develop partially of the brain that manage memory, thinking, and movement. Lewy bodies are abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein. People with LBD survive on average 5 to eight years, but might live as couple of as 2 years or as long as 20 years, from the time of medical diagnosis to fatality. In people with LBD, abnormal globs of a protein called alpha-synuclein accumulate in areas of the brain associated with movement, memory, and reasoning. Most cases of LBD are not acquired and rarely does greater than one member of the family have the disease. Specific genetic variants might increase the chance of developing dementia with Lewy bodies, however having a genetic variation does not mean that a person will definitely develop the disease. Lewy body dementia is one of the most common causes of dementia. Early LBD symptoms are often confused with similar symptoms found in other brain diseases or in psychiatric disorders. Lewy body dementia can occur alone or together with other brain disorders. Some LBD symptoms might reply to therapy for a period of time. Other known risk variables for LBD include specific diseases and health and wellness conditions, especially Parkinson's disease and REM rest habits disorder, which have been linked to a higher risk of LBD. Having a family member with LBD also might increase a person's risk, though LBD is not considered a genetic disease.

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