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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, April 14, 2017

alzheimers news-protect your heart protect your brain

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it appears that if you protect your heart in middle age
then you are actually protecting your brain later on in later life
against the development of alzheimers

there is a saying
whats good for your heart is good for the brain

there is an amino acid called homocysteine that is associated with an
increased risk of heart disease and stroke and maybe alzheimers disease
if it is elevated that is

if the level is elevated its easily treated with folic acid and vitamin b12
mine was quite elevated
its now normal using these supplements

like a lot of things in medicine not everyone agrees with homocysteines
relationship to heart disease stroke or alzheimers disease
i personally believe in it
if i dont and im wrong then not correcting it can add to my risk level
for alzheimers disease

it seems so easy to fix
so i fixed it

this week i wrote this blog called 23andnotme
about the 23and me company doing these 10 genetic tests
one is for the gene that puts you at risk for
late onset alzheimers disease

the gene the apoe 4 gene
increases your chances of developing
late onset alzheimers disease
by 10-20 times if you get the homozygous apoe 4 apoe 4
by 3-5 times if you get the single apoe 4 gene

whether it does lead you to getting alzheimers disease
is determined
by how well you take care of your health
by environmental factors
by other health issues you may have

some folks with the apoe 4 gene never get alzheimers disease

so i was asked by several folks if they should get tested
i usually say no since if you dont really understand what it means
then you think you got the kiss of death if yours is positive

i thought about it some since i was asked
maybe just maybe
if they are positive
that it will scare the beejeevers out of them
to take real good of their health
so the risks from having the gene will be diminished

i must say it worked for me

now dont confuse this with
the dominant gene for early onset alzheimers disease
like the folks on the 60 minute show and the pbs show had

if you get this gene
you are 100% going to get alzheimers disease
at an early age like in your early 50s or younger
this gene represents less than 1% of alzheimers cases

so a recent study looked at risk factors for heart disease
in middle age
obesity   lack of exercise   high blood pressure   high cholesterol
and diabetes
these folks were followed into their elderly years

those folks with these risk factors in middle age
had higher levels of the bad beta amyloid up in their brains
in the elderly years
which is associated with the development of alzheimers disease

if you do get tested for the apoe 4 gene
and or
if you are middle age
if you
are overweight
and or
lack exercise
and or
have high cholesterol
and or
have high blood pressure
and or have diabetes
thats not well controlled
then you are probably destined to a retirement
that you will not remember

that could be a combo thats almost as bad as having the dominant gene

so my advice to you
if you have a family history of alzheimers disease
if you want to do what you can to not get it
in your middle age years
do what i did aggressively at 60 when i was diagnosed
wish i had been this aggressive at 40 or younger

go on a MIND DIET or consider a vegetarian diet

my sister and brother did that and have lost over 50 lbs
and have been able to completely get off all their
blood pressure meds and cholesterol meds
well all their meds
i still have to take mine though
im ok with that

exercise regularly

maintain a normal body weight

a normal blood pressure
a normal cholesterol
a normal blood pressure

if you dont do all these
then you may be doomed

for those of you who read my blog
who are genetically kin to me
is you

i know
new preventions and treatments are coming down the road
it may be 15-20 years from now
hopefully my aducanumab stuff will be one of those

as of now
thats what you need to do to slow down the disease process

thats my answer
i give to folks when they say
what i can i do

Alzheimer's Texas Symposium
i will be doing a presentation on
clinical trials in alzheimers disease
at the

friday april 28th
the mayborn convention center
temple texas

join us
its free
lunch is provided
registration is required
click here

the organicgreen doctor

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