New Findings Confirm Alzheimers Caused by Aluminum in the Brain
Aluminium DOES cause Alzheimer’s: Expert says new findings confirm the metal plays a role in the devastating brain disease
Chris Exley is a professor in bioinorganic chemistry based at Keele University
A link between between aluminium and Alzheimer’s has existed for many years
But a lack of evidence has caused the scientific community to remain unsure
However, his new research confirms the metal plays a role in cognitive decline
By Professor Chris Exley For The Hippocratic Post
Published: 04:58 EST, 19 December 2016
A link between aluminium and Alzheimer’s disease has long existed.
But many scientists says there is not enough evidence to blame the metal, used by thousands for everyday purposes to cook and store food.
However, Professor Chris Exley, from Keele University, says his latest research confirms it does indeed play a role in cognitive decline.
Here, in a piece for medical-blogging website The Hippocratic Post, he reveals the findings from his latest study.
There has been a strong link between human exposure to aluminium and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease for half a century or more.
However, without definite proof, there is still no consensus in the scientific community about the role of this known neurotoxin in this devastating brain disease.
The latest research from my group, published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, makes this link even more compelling.
In my view, the findings are unequivocal in their confirmation of a role for aluminium in some if not all Alzheimer’s disease.
At the very least, these new results should encourage everyone and even those who have steadfastly maintained that aluminium has no role in the disease to think again.
I don’t believe that is the only factor, but I think it is an important one which should be considered very seriously.
We already know that the aluminium content of brain tissue in late-onset or sporadic Alzheimer’s disease is significantly higher than is found in age-matched controls.
So, individuals who develop Alzheimer’s disease in their late sixties and older also accumulate more aluminium in their brain tissue than individuals of the same age without the disease.
Even higher levels of aluminium have been found in the brains of individuals, diagnosed with an early-onset form of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease, who have experienced an unusually high exposure to aluminium through the environment or through their workplace.
This means that Alzheimer’s disease has a much earlier age of onset, for example, fifties or early sixties, in individuals who have been exposed to unusually high levels of aluminium in their everyday lives.
We now show that some of the highest levels of aluminium ever measured in human brain tissue are found in individuals who have died with a diagnosis of familial Alzheimer’s disease.
The levels of aluminium in brain tissue from individuals with familial Alzheimer’s disease are similar to those recorded in individuals who died of an aluminium-induced encephalopathy while undergoing renal dialysis.