Researchers find link between Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder

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TEHRAN, Sep. 12 (MNA) – Iranian researchers at Royan Research Institute have proved that the agent responsible for Alzheimer's disease is similar to that in patients with bipolar disorder.

Dr. Kourosh Shahpasand discussed with MNA correspondent the latest findings of his team in regard to the Alzheimer’s disease and bipolar disorder, saying “after years of conducting research and experiments on Alzheimer’s and its links with other diseases, we reached the conclusion that the agent responsible for destroying brain cells in patients with diabetes due to stress of high blood sugar, forms in the brain of the patients and kills brain cells.”

He went on to add, “so far, it wasn’t clear which agent caused the death of brain cells in diabetes, but in this project we managed to discover this agent.”

“One could say that patients with diabetes are more at risk of the Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, Alzheimer’s is called type 3 diabetes,” he added.

Dr. Shahpasand maintained, “our research on cells of patients with bipolar disorder revealed that the agent responsible for Alzheimer’s disease is the same agent for the bipolar disorder.”

Noting that the project aims at vaccinating people against Alzheimer's, he said “since the agent in both cases is the same, we can use the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease for patients with bipolar disorder.”

According to him, the project has proved results in a cellular environment and needs to be conducted on animal and human environments as well. 

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