In my recent post “Music Therapy Boosts Brain Activity for Dementia Patients!” I mentioned that Alzheimer’s Disease as a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It’s also the most common form of Dementia. In researching, I discovered the second most common form of Dementia, is Lewy Body Dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia (LBD) have several similarities, but there are also some clear differences between the two diseases which you can read more about on verywell.com.
What is Lewy Body Dementia?
According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, LBD is an umbrella term for two related diagnoses. LBD refers to both Parkinson’s disease dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. The earliest symptoms of these two diseases differ, but reflect the same underlying biological changes in the brain. Over time, people with both diagnoses will develop very similar cognitive, physical, sleep, and behavioral symptoms.”
The most common symptoms of LBD can include trouble processing information, or issues with alertness, difficulty walking, hallucinations, blood pressure control, bowel and bladder function, sleep disorders, and depression.
The Mayo Clinic states that “Lewy body dementia is characterized by the abnormal buildup of proteins into masses known as Lewy bodies. This protein is also associated with Parkinson’s disease. People who have Lewy bodies in their brains also have the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease.“
The Bright Focus foundation says that “The microscopic findings in brain tissue from LBD patients are different from those in people with AD. The important distinction is that in LBD there are small “Lewy bodies” inside the brain’s cells. These Lewy bodies are neither plaques nor tangles, but rather synuclein, the same protein found in brains of people with Parkinson’s disease.”
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To start the process of determining if you have LBD, ask your doctor to do a physical exam and to look at your medical history. You doctor may suggest a CT or MRI scan of your brain, and run blood tests run to check the vitamins and hormones in your body. There are also tests that measure memory.
If it’s determined that you are diagnosed with LBD, there are medications that your doctor might prescribe to help out with thinking, movement and sleeping problems.
Below is a video about Robin Williams who was secretly battling depression, anxiety and paranoia. He suffered from LBD and took his own life.
If you think you may be suffering with symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia, please immediately consult your physician.
Do you suffer from LBD or do you know someone? Please leave a comment!