welcome to the organic green doctor blog

i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, December 23, 2016

alzheimers news-good for heart good for brain

when i was diagnosed six years ago
well it is about 6 years ago
when i was diagnosed
i never returned to practice
after that fateful neurology appointment
giving me my diagnosis
that prescription for aricept (donnepezil)
the drug used to treat alzheimers patients when they
were first diagnosed

at the time i was using diet and exercise
to control my blood pressure and my cholesterol
it really wasnt getting the two where they needed to be
close real close
as i read more and more about maintaining all those healthy things
one was to do for slowing down alzheimers
it was obvious to me
that i need to be more aggressive in controlling
my blood pressure
my cholesterol

so i finally gave in
i eventually got on an arb angiotensin receptor blocker blood pressure pill
that research showed to be the better one for using
in folks at risk for alzheimers disease
its working keeping my blood pressure where it needs to be

i began attacking my cholesterol
since reading more on the apoe 4 gene that i have
i realize that a high cholesterol was part of that genes effect
i was placed on an aggressive statin treatment for my cholesterol
my insurance chose generic lipitor for me
since they always know whats best for patients
but in a recent study done looking at the statins
it worked as well if not better than the others
but the difference wasnt much between the different statins
the risk of alzheimers in white males was decreased
by 17% by atorvastatin the generic lipitor

all this adds to the saying
whats good for the heart is good for the brain

in a study done overseas in europe
there was a 40% decrease in alzheimers risk in the population
by a lifetime of doing all those healthy things we are
suppose to be doing every day

my plan is
stay on my atorvastatin
say on my arb blood pressure med
keep taking all my reversal of cognitive decline supplements
continue eating and living healthy
protecting my
my brain

and you
what are you doing for your brain

the organicgreen doctor

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