Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation Statement on the NIH State-of-the-Science Conference on the Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline
Recently, the National Institutes of Health convened a state-of-the-science conference on preventing Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. An independent panel of experts was appointed to conduct a thorough review of published literature and to hear oral presentations by experts over the course of the conference. At the end of the conference, this panel issued a statement concluding that currently there is insufficient evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of interventions to prevent Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. To view the panel's statement in its entirety please visit http://consensus.nih.gov/2010/alzstatement.htm.
The Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) believes that the pessimistic findings announced by the panel speak more to an ongoing lack of focus on Alzheimer's prevention than to an actual lack of promising preventive strategies. We continue to advocate an integrative prevention and treatment program to maximize brain health and function, which combines certain pharmaceutical medications with dietary supplementation, nutritional therapy, physical and cognitive exercise, stress management, and mind-body therapy.
To read an opinion editorial on the NIH findings written by our founding president and medical director, Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, please visit http://bit.ly/cXt5z4.