NY 1 - Dr. Sam Gandy: "High Vitamin E Doses May Help Delay Progression of Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's"

 – January 27, 2014  –– 

Current medication available for Alzheimer's disease patients works to lessen symptoms of memory loss and confusion. There is no cure. However, researchers now say that high doses of Vitamin E may help delay progression of the disease by 20 percent in those with mild to moderate Alzheimer's. "What we saw was a benefit in slowing the progression of functional decline," said Mary Sano, PhD, Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of Alzheimer's Disease Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "That means slowing the rate at which they lose functional activity, such as preparing meals, handling finances." While vitamin E may help slow the progression of Alzheimer's, that's just one stage of the disease. Scientists are making great strides in their efforts to also delay its onset. "There's a loss of nerve cells in key regions of the brain, especially as the disease begins," said Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, Mount Sinai Professor in Alzheimer's Research, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, and Associate Director of Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "One thing that would be desirable would be to try and keep those nerve cells alive for as long as possible." Learn more