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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, July 12, 2019

alzheimers news-its in the blood

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i am frequently asked
why did they stop the aducanumab study that you were in at ucla
no one knows
hopefully the company will say something at the alzheimers association international conference meeting in los angeles this week
maybe we will all find out why it was stopped
there are guesses but no one knows for sure why

the company that did the aducanumab study is presenting data on a new study using an antibody that is similar to aducanumab but works on a specific spot on the amyloid proteins structure
hopefully they will say something when they do that presentation

we all want to know
we all deserve to know
they biogen has promised to tell us eventually

i have one more visit at ucla in two weeks to do the final exit visit which will mostly consist of memory testing
for me i can access where i am when i take these tests
in two weeks ill know how im doing
they wont tell me but ill know

i am still looking for a new study but have to wait until the fall to reenter one
my getting in is complicated by the fact that my memory is in the normal range now
its possible that my amyvid pet scan for the amyloid could be negative if i got the real drug for those almost 30 months i was receiving the infusions
what that would mean would be i may not qualify for any of these treatment studies

i knew this when i entered the aducanumab study
i knew it was possible that i would be where i am now
i knew this the aducanumab might be my only chance to get an experimental treatment
that time has passed now im afraid

i read today in an alzheimers article the author said
preventive care may be better than treatment for this disease
that means
take care of all those alzheimers risk factors now when you are younger and it may be better than any drug being developed

i also read usc researchers say that anything you do that can help your blood vessels will help fight alzheimers
exercise diet weight control blood pressure control cholesterol control stop smoking dont drink too much you know all those healthy things we should all be doing

researchers know have developed a test a blood test maybe just a drop of blood blood test that will identify if you have alzheimers even before you have symptoms
it measues the biomarkers that are the gold standard for diagnosing alzheimers disease
they compared it to the biomarkers used now the spinal analysis of amyloid and tau and the amyvid pet scan for amyloid
the blood test was almost as accurate as those two tests used now

it is predicted to be available in the doctors office in 5 years

what do you do when you find out
until there is an effective treatment found
you do what that blood vessel guy said take care of your blood vessels
its like if you have really high cholesterol and you find out and you dont do anything about it
well you are gonna die from a stroke or heart attack or blocked arteries in your legs or an abdominal aneurysm or kidney failure
control the cholesterol and you will maybe die of old age
be it
with this new alzheimers blood test
you be positive
you need to take real good of your health

that seems to be the answer to alzheimers diabetes high blood pressure heart attack stroke maybe cancer
take care of your health
when you are young

the organicgreen doctor

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