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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, February 24, 2023

alzheimers news-whats good for the heart is good for the brain


ive written that several times and have said it multiple times

the time to do all the good things for your heart is in your 30-40s
we now know it is important to control your blood pressure in this age group to protect your heart and your brain when you get older

the banner institute does a lot of alzheimers research
they have an alzheimers preventaive study they do 
ive signed up for it online
i get notices from them regularly on alzheimers issues
i am part of a registry they have on potential alzheimers patients and alzheimers patients

they now have a program where they are focusing on the 30-40 age group
since this may be where the prevention needs to be started so that 30 years later that group might slow down or maybe prevent memory issues 

here is their recommendation for maintaining brain health by taking care of your heart
well described at this link

maintain a normal blood pressure
thats 120/70

maintain a normal cholesterol
have it checked annually
its easy to control with meds and diet and exercise

maintain normal sleep 
you need 7-8 hours a day
sleep is when the brain uses its garbage can guys to clean out debris from the brain

physical activity and diet
you need 3-4 times a week of a total of 120 minutes of aerobic exercise
do things you like to do
i like hiking and gardening
when younger i ran and rode bikes and played team sports

the best diet for your brain and probably your heart is the mind diet linked here

take the heart age test
find out how healthy your heart is
click this link
they do ask for personal information like an email address to send you results to and your age your sex your height 
for me they already have that info since i am signed up for their alzheimers registry at their website

my results
i am 72 amd my heart health age is 72

if you do the survey you will get an email with the results

also they have a video that is all about preventing alzheimers in your 30s and 40s 
see video below

i wish i could have watched this video when i was in my 30s
i wish i had done all these healthy things for the last 40 years
it would hsve probably made a difference

they also have a link on that website where you can search for clinical trials in your area
i plugged in my zip code and put in a 100 mile radius
i found several trials in the los angeles for the ahead study
its for folks who do not have symptoms and who have positive amyloid pet scans 
the screening criteria are if you meet the health requirements and you have a first degree relative with alzheimers or if you already have a positive amyloid pet scan
they will then do the amyloid pet scan if you havent had one

the ahead study uses leqembi or lecanemab as biweekly infusions
there is a placebo group

leqembi will probably get full fda approval later this year and many think medicare or cms will approve to pay for its use in early alzheimers disease

if i wasnt already on aduhelm or aducanumab i would be seeking out leqembi to take when it gets approved

even if you arent in your 30s or 40s take the heart age test to see how healthy your heart is

if your heart is healthy your brain may be healthy also

the organicgreen doctor

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