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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, March 9, 2018

alzheimers news-predicting your chances

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now i know my chances of getting alzheimers disease
its as near 100% as one can get

what about you

my memory has been tested multiple times over the last 8 years
enough that when i do the tests
i know how well i am doing with my memory

over 1 year ago i had a several session evaluation of my memory
to get qualified for the biogen aducanumab study that i am in now

this last wednesday as i wrote in my wednesday blog i did my
1 year followup exam
in 6 months ill have it repeated as we end the first part of the
aducanumab study

when they started asking me my questions and having me
draw stuff and identify things i knew when i was finished
where i stood with my memory
i dont need no report from the study to know where im at
i know
i have not worsened in the last year
at best i may have improved
its not worsening that makes me feel better about things

what if you
those of you who have no symptoms
what if there was a way to know if you were going to
get mild cognitive impairment the stage right before
full blown alzheimers
some researchers thinks its the first stage of the disease
thats where i am at right now

what if you could be tested

here are the stages of alzheimers disease

prealzheimers   normal memory
mild cognitive impairment mci   mild memory loss
alzheimers disease  memory loss

researchers have found testing that is over 90% accurate
by testing small changes in multiple genes that when they
are all added up can predict whether someone years
before the disease shows up as memory loss
will develop mild cognitive impariment

its called polygenic risk assessment

its available in research now

lets just say that if thats the testing folks would have done in the future
those of you who are really worried
like i was in my 50s
i wanted to know
if this becomes available then you could find out
if you will get mild cognitive impairment ie early memory loss

what if a treatment for this was available
you could be treated years before the disease was
programmed to start
you might not get alzheimers

its amazing how it seems that little pieces of the puzzle are
being discovered every day
the whole picture can be all fitted together one day
so we can prevent folks from getting this disease

in the meantime until all this becomes available
if you are worried you will get it
eat right
quit smoking
get adequate sleep
be active mentally and socially
control your health like diabetes obesity cholesterol blood pressure
enjoy life
you will be ready when the treatment gets here

the organicgreen doctor

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