Dr. Mehmet Oz says he & # 39; frustrated and angry & # 39; with himself after missing the signs that his mother was fighting Alzheimer's.
The host of The Dr. Oz Show told PEOPLE that he and his sisters noticed their mother, Suna, 81, started behaving differently earlier this year, but you notch it up to stress, aging and the death of their father in February.
However, after her & # 39; stubborn & # 39; behavior & # 39; irrational & # 39; The family decided to have her tested, and a doctor diagnosed her with progressive brain disease.
Oz, 59, said & # 39; it was a blow in the gut & # 39; that he & # 39; completely missed the signs & # 39; – but says he wants to share the experience so that others can recognize the potential symptoms in their loved ones before it's too late.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, 59, host of the Dr. Oz Show, said his mother Suna, 81, started behaving differently earlier this year. Pictured: Oz, left, with his mother, right
Oz said she gave her belongings to strangers and changed the way she dressed and did her makeup. He and his sisters thought it was because she was stressed or depressed by the death of their father Fain February. Pictured: Oz with his mother as a young man, left, and a child, right
& # 39; I feel guilty because I completely missed the signs until quite late in the process, & # 39; Oz said to PEOPLE.
On an Instagram post, he explained some of the missed characters, such as her makeup doing differently and forgetting certain words.
& # 39; As my mother's stubbornness increased, I just accused it of getting older, & # 39; wrote Dr. Oz.
& # 39; When my mother started giving some of her belongings away to people she barely knew, I thought she was just trying to ease her load after passing my father.
& # 39; But these seemingly subtle changes were in fact the first indicators of Alzheimer's disease. & # 39;
It is estimated that around 44 million people worldwide – of whom 5.7 million Americans of all ages – live with Alzheimer's disease around the world.
The progressive brain disorder slowly destroys memory, thinking skills and the ability to perform simple tasks.
There is no known cure for Alzheimer's disease, but experts suggest exercise, social interaction, and adding brain stimulating omega 3 fats to your diet can delay the onset of symptoms.
Such symptoms can be disorientation, trouble remembering newly learned information, and suspicion about family and friends.
When her & # 39; stubborn & # 39; behavior & # 39; irrational & # 39; became, the family took her for testing and she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Pictured: Oz at the Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert in New York City, March 2014
During testing, Oz learned that he carries a gene that gives him an increased risk of age-related brain disease. Pictured: Oz revealing his mother's diagnosis today
Oz told PEOPLE that his mother currently lives in her native Turkey and is being cared for by his sister. He says it's hard when he watches her fight to process new information.
& # 39; She is aware, but she has forgotten some things, & # 39; he said.
HOW TO DETECT ALZHEIMER & # 39; S
Signs and symptoms:
- Problems with remembering newly learned information
- Mood and behavioral changes
- Suspicion about family, friends and professional caregivers
- More serious memory loss
- Difficulties with speaking, swallowing and walking
Stages of Alzheimer's:
- Mild Alzheimer's (early stage) – A person may function independently, but has memory problems
- Moderate Alzheimer's disease (mid-stage) – Typically the longest stage, the person can confuse words, frustrated or angry, or sudden behavioral changes
- Severe Alzheimer's Disease (late stage) – In the final stage, people lose the ability to respond to their environment, have a conversation and, ultimately, control movement
& (39) (My daughter) Daphne had a baby 20 days ago and I called Mom to tell her. She knows Daphne, but she could not fully understand that Daphne had a child. & # 39;
Oz said he & # 39; argued tall and hard & # 39; about whether to share the news of his mother's diagnosis, but plans to do so on Monday's episode of The Dr. Oz Show.
& # 39; I know there are millions of other people like me who probably feel guilty like me, knowing that if we could have figured this out earlier, I could have intervened a little bit, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Everyone in my family probably would have figured this out, myself included.
& # 39; But my wishful thinking was that it was just mother who was a little older, she was stressed, my father was sick. And so we lost our truth. & # 39;
Oz told PEOPLE that he also heard that he carries one of the genes that puts him at risk for developing Alzheimer's.
He did not specify which, but it is likely that he has the APOE4 gene.
Having one copy doubles a person's risk of Alzheimer's and having two copies increases it 12 times.
& # 39; That was shocking. I don't think you expect it & # 39 ;, he says.
& # 39; But from my perspective, my mother gave me a great set of cards to play with and taught me how to play those cards.
& # 39; But she gave me a bad card and I can't throw that card away, I'm stuck with it. & # 39;
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