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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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Friday, January 20, 2017

alzheimers news-concussions and alzheimers

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whenever i am interviewed for an alzheimers study
they ask if i ever had a concussion
if i say yes
they go into greater details on each event
for me
thats three

the thinking is that concussions may put you at risk for
developing alzheimers disease

recent researchers looked at afghanistan and iraq war veterans
who had sustain one or more concussions and compared them to ones
who didnt have concussions

they looked at areas of the brain that are the first to
show atrophy in alzheimers disease
they also looked at areas of the brain as controls
that arent usually affected by alzheimers disease early on

what they found was that in folks who had been concussed
there was lessening of the cortical thickening of the brain in the areas
that alzheimers disease attacks first
to cause shrinkage as the disease progresses

the average age of these vets is 32

so these concussed vets brains now have thinner brain cortex
in these areas
implying that if alzheimers attacks the atrophy may be worse
if you are genetically programmed to get alzheimers
like with the apoe 4 gene or the dominant alzheimers gene
you would be at an even higher risk for developing alzheimers in those areas

this may be another reason to think about
playing concussive sports
if you are potentially programmed genetically to get alzheimers
thats at least 25% of our population

tennis anyone

the organicgreen doctor

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