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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
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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, August 5, 2016

alzheimers news-keep the low low


Alzheimer's Texas

i can remember asking my mother what our relative died from
why she lost her memory when she got older
oh she said
she had hardening of the arteries to the brain

years later when my mom died
she had hardening of the arteries to her extremities
that led to decrease circulation
that led to the development of gangrene in her foot
that had no chance of healing
this is what was the immediate cause of her death

she also had im sure hardening of the arteries to the brain
as probably did my younger brother
as probably does my older brother
as probably do i to some degree

im hoping i have reversed mine over the years
or at least slowed it down some
once i began aggressively to change my diet exercise
acontrol my weight and my blood pressure
all contributors to
hardening of the arteries

one of the big contributors to this is high cholesterol
especially high ldl cholesterol
ldl stands for low density lipoprotein
better known as the bad cholesterol
im sure of you know what yours is

i looked at my initial ldl cholesterol done in the late 1980s
it was around 240 with a total cholesterol of 340 with
a triglyceride of over 800
my clear serum well it was suppose to be clear
but it was all milky looking

all that was floating around my body my brain for years
40 to be exact
doing damage
until i decided to do something about it
i have maybe 40 years to undo what got done in the first 40 years
hopefully i got to it in time

i also when i was tested carry a gene called apoe 4
i have the double version called homozygote apoe4/apoe4
it gives you an increased risk of 10-20 times
of developing alzheimers
i got one gene from mom and one gene from dad
they could have had just one apoe 4 or they could have had both
like me
my guess my younger brother who died with alzheimers disease
probably had the apoe4/apoe4 like i did

the apoe gene also affects the cholesterol level

so whats a guy like me to do with this shotgun of bad genes
aimed directly at my head
well the same as my sibling my other relatives with these issues
well the same as all of you that may have this
especially the high bad ldl cholesterol

if you have a high ldl cholesterol the bad one
you need to be aggressive about keeping it under control
if not to keep from getting alzheimers
maybe prevent a heart attack
maybe prevent a stroke
maybe prevent hardening of the arteries in the legs called
peripheral artery disease

you better listen to you medical provider
do what they say
get this under control

now if i had a choice
i would rather conk over dead with a heart attack
as i tell my wife
if you find me laying face down on our pasture
even better in my garden
just know
that i died a happy man

maybe let me go with a massive stroke
i dont want to go into that alzheimers abysss
die with alzheimers
sooner please
with something quick and painless

a recent study showed that having a high bad ldl cholesterol was
associated with an increased level of beta amyloid in the brain
that is thought to be the cause of alzheimers
having a high bad ldl cholesterol was
associated with an increased level of beta amyloid
making you at risk of getting alzheimers disease

im doing all i can to alter all this
if you are kin to me in any way
if our genetic trees are somehow linked
jump on board now
while you can

even if you are one of those
new babies in our family
elementary kids
high school kids
college kids
young professionals
old folks
hop to it and get this under control

for you young folks
the cure and treatment may be around the corner
you want to be in good shape when it gets here

you can help now by doing this

lets put a boot to alzheimers

donate and or join my team organicgreendoctor
for the alzheimers texas williamson county walk on september 24th

to join the team you will need to register first
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