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Lipoic acid and Alzheimer
Posted by: Gerald
Date: April 28, 2001 7:32 PM

Do you know of a published study with lipoic acid in Alzheimer's disease?

RE: Lipoic acid and Alzheimers disease
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 28, 2001 8:13 PM

So far there is no one item which treats Alzheimer's successfully. There may never be a successful treatment for advanced Alzheimer's as it involves destruction of brain cells and the ability to generate new brain cells is very limited. Anti-oxidants, such as lipoic acid may play a role in preventing Alzheimer's or slowing its progression. My understanding is that epidemiological studies are underway, but that nothing is published as yet.

RE: Lipoic acid and Alzheimers disease
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: May 8, 2001 11:18 PM

There is no way to diagnose Alzheimer's short of taking a brain biopsy. It is an educated guess. Lipoic acid is usually administered by mouth.



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