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, October 7, 2016

alzheimers news-they had it will i get it too


Alzheimer's Texas

if they had early onset alzheimers disease or familial alzheimers disease
the answer may be

if a parent carries the gene for this which is dominant
there is  a 50/50 chance you will get the gene
if you get the gene you will probably get the disease

these genes are thankfully rare and represent only less than
1% of the cases of alzheimers disease
thank goodness

now if you carry the apoe 4 gene like i do
if you get the apoe 4 apoe 4 version you are at increased
risk for developing the late onset alzheimers
the much more common version than early onset

if like me you get the apoe 4 gene
it doesnt mean you are going to get alzheimers disease
you are just at a higher risk

how you live your life healthwise may determine if you
get it

like control blood pressure cholesterol diabetes stress anxiety
sleep problems physical activity obesity mental activity diet
social activity etc

its been shown in studies that folks who take care of their
health as above may decrease the risk of developing
alzheimers disease by as much as 40%

if alzheimers runs in your family
you are at increased risk to get it
that doesnt mean you are going to get it
unless you inherit that dominant gene

if a parent or family member had early onset alzheimers disease
you can have the gene test for alzheimers
you must be sure you want to know you have it
it is a life changer
especially if you are young

the nih and i also recommend that these folks seek
genetic counseling prior to having the testing done

for me
if i was in that situation i would have it done
face what was dealt me
i could plan my life accordingly
a lot of people dont feel that way

now in my case
i am one more test away from knowing as well as i can
if what i have is alzheimers disease

i want that information to plan my life
in my situation would not and dont feel that way

it may be i guess my medical training

here is the link to the nih booklet with
if someone in my family has had alzheimers disease
will i have it too in it

read it if you are worried

join us tomorrow for the
travis county alzheimers texas walk
at camp mabry in austin texas

we will be walking with the austin regional clinic team
you can
donate to and or join our team at this link 

the organicgreen doctor

No comments:

Post a Comment