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Amphetamine addiction linked to early-onset Alzheimer's in study

Jeddah, September 17, 2023, Amphetamine addiction was connected to the start of Alzheimer's disease at a young age in a drug misuse study done at King Abdulaziz University's College of Applied Medical Sciences. Contrary to what some other research has suggested, this study sought to explore how amphetamine addiction is related to the early development of Alzheimer's disease by interviewing a number of amphetamine addicts from the ages of 23 to 40 at one of the Al-Amal psychiatric hospitals. Aziza Rashed Mubarak Alrafiah, an associate professor of neuroscience and the head of the unit for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship at King Abdulaziz University, explained that her study involved analyzing inflammatory biomarkers in plasma from patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD).

According to laboratory findings, those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol or who have Alzheimer's disease had higher amounts of the AD biomarker proteins in their blood than those who were not. According to Alrafiah, alterations in the inflammatory biomarkers may be responsible for amphetamine addicts' early onset of Alzheimer's disease.

According to her, the study's findings show that amphetamine addiction can have serious effects on the body and mind, including an increase in the inflammation that leads to Alzheimer's disease.

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