Scientists from the University of Reading (UK) have found a new direction for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, the study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports informs.
According to the scientists’ theory, damage to the protective barrier in the body, which leads to the accumulation of fatty substances in the brain, contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
The specialists called their hypothesis a model of lipid invasion. According to it, lipids entering the brain due to damage to the blood-brain barrier (a system of small blood vessels in the brain that allows only a small amount of necessary substances to pass) are the main cause of this neurodegenerative disease.
According to the researchers, this work opens up new possibilities for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and its treatment. In addition, the information obtained suggests that certain lifestyle changes may help to reduce the risk of developing this disease by reducing exposure to the blood-brain barrier.