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How can white brain matter disease be treated?

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Posted on Mon, 10 Sep 2018
Question: I am 73 years old and just recently diagnosed via MRI with white brain matter disease. I am a retired RN so I am familiar with medical terms. I am in pretty good health. I exercise three times weekly and walk on the treadmill 3x/week at 3.5 -3.7 with an inclination of 4.0. My bp is under control and I take meds for it. Do not smoke and am active with volunteering. What would suggest for slowing down the progression of the disease and are there any medications or health food I should consider taking.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:

Treatment of the cause is the best treatment.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

White matter disease found in brain MRI is related in most of the cases with long-term high blood pressure.

Other conditions that may relate are inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis due to autoimmune diseases), high cholesterol, diabetes, XXXXXXX stroke.

White matter disease is different from Alzheimer's.

Best treatment to slow down this condition is to control the cause.

Screening for above mentioned conditions is necessary to understand correctly the cause.

Supplements of vitamins B group help in the protection of the nerves.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho (3 hours later)
Thank you for your reply. Is there a specific B vitamin you suggest. There are so many to choose from and would like to know if there is one specific for white brain matter. I realize it is progressive but if I could slow it down some, that would be helpful to me.

Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:

Some brands mentioned below.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Supplements of high doses of vitamin B1, B6, B12 such Ancopir, Neuralta, etc. are appropriate, but it depends on your location about the trade names.

Discuss with your Doctor about these issues.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr. Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical
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How can white brain matter disease be treated?

Brief Answer: Treatment of the cause is the best treatment. Detailed Answer: Hi, White matter disease found in brain MRI is related in most of the cases with long-term high blood pressure. Other conditions that may relate are inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis due to autoimmune diseases), high cholesterol, diabetes, XXXXXXX stroke. White matter disease is different from Alzheimer's. Best treatment to slow down this condition is to control the cause. Screening for above mentioned conditions is necessary to understand correctly the cause. Supplements of vitamins B group help in the protection of the nerves. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.