Caring for and treating patients with Alzheimer's disease costs over $100 billion annually in the United States alone. The introduction of FDA-approved cholinesterase inhibitors for treatment, and their potential utility in treating memory loss due to the aging process, has given rise to new hope that we are on the way to meaningful therapies for this terrible illness. There are suggestions that vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, estrogens, and anti-inflammatory agents may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, but some of these agents may be even more useful in preventing memory loss due to the aging process. I will discuss these therapies in the next major section in this book.
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