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

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

my story revisited #135-women still hit hardest


now eight years later that statistic still hasnt changed any 
women still get alzheimers more than men do
part of that is that they live longer which increases their risk of getting alzheimers

since covid deaths has taken over the number 3 slot in causes of deaths
the rating of deaths from alzheimers dropped down one notch

we still dont have a cure yet eight years later
we do have treatment ie my drug aduhelm but time will tell how well the aduhelm really works

women not only get hit harder with alzheimers they also do most of the caregiving 

hopefully in eight years when i write about this again things will have changed some

note the video in the old blog below is no longer available

aduhelm update
getting infusion #11 next week in the restart study
i got 7 prepandemic
i got 18 placebos lucky me before that

getting an mri a week later
this scan shows if i have a microbleed or any brain shrinkage or other abnormalities

getting a tau pet scan two weeks later
this scan measures the tau tangles in my brain and will show where in the brain alzheimers has progressed
where the tau accumulates in the brain should match with any symptoms i might have
eg if it was in the speech center i would have problems with speech

getting my annual all day testing 3 weeks later
this testing will show if i have had any memory improvement  or any memory loss
the neurological evaluation will determined if i have had any neurological symptoms or signs develop like weakness numbness etc
lots of labs will be done measuring blood biomarkers and chemistry tests and blood counts and antibody levels and other tests i dont know what they are

it appears that biogen is planning on continuing the study i am in called the embark study to its end and maybe longer
by then the final results of all their studies will be done so we will know exactly how well this drug aduhelm really works

basically its what biogen should have done in the first place with the aduhelm
not applied for approval until all these studies are done
this always seems to be true about women
they always seem to get the short end of the stick on
so many things

now it seems alzheimers disease is one of those things
added to the list

watch this video maybe twice
thats what i had to do to see all the information

click here to watch the video

we hear a lot about women and breast cancer
thanks to education about breast cancer awareness
with self breast exam and annual breast exams by their doctors
and routine mammograms
and the treatments for breast cancer
the survival rate and quality of life for breast cancer in women
have improved

that we know alzheimers disease is hitting women harder
than breast cancer
we need to pour the same effort into finding a treatment
or a cure to prevent or slow down this disease

take a moment to assess your health women
make sure you are exercising
maintaining a normal body weight
not smoking
not drinking excessive
maybe a little pot occasionally according to some researchers
controlling your blood pressure
controlling your cholesterol
controlling your diabetes
getting an adequate diet
controlling depression or anxiety
staying active mentally and socially
get involved some way in the fight against this disease that
will affect more of your gender than any other disease
calling your congress folks about supporting research
doing a walk to end alzheimers in your area
make a donation to the cause
help a fellow caregiver out some
remember most of them are women

just get involved in some way

the cure and treatment is on the horizon

your help will make the sunrise for everyone happen
a little sooner
i think most of the study subjects in these studies are men
most of the photos ive seen from the studies are men
wonder why that is

the organicgreen doctor

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