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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, March 31, 2023

alzheimers news-you can see it in the eyes


it could be that in the future you can go to your ophthalmologist who will look in your eye
maybe do a retinal scan
then say to you
you know you have alzheimers disease

in this study linked here and then reviewed here researchers took 3 groups of people 
at autopsy
they looked at the brain to tell if they had alzheimers disease
thats the most definitive way to tell if folks have alzheimers disease

they looked at their retinas for evidence of amyloid deposition called amyloid beta 24
remember the retina is connected to the optic nerve which is connected to the brain
similarly for example the olfactory nerve or smeller nerve goes from you nose to the olfactory center
this nerve goes first in alzheimers disease

then they also had the persons medical history so they knew if they had
alzheimers disease 
mci or mild cognitive impairment
normal memory

they were able to correlate the changes seen in the eye with amyloid deposits with what is seen in the brain and comparing it to the patients medical history

the researchers think that using retinal scans that show the amyloid deposits could be done 
warning the patient that the disease was there

the question is how accurate will this be and how easy will it be to get it done

the trend in the alzheimers world is to use the newer alzheimers blood tests as a screening test to identify those with the disease early on in the process so treatment can be done

in 2023 that treatment would be
controlling health factors like diet exercise mental health issues sleep weight diet cholesterol diabetes high blood pressure mental exercise

then starting aricept or donepezil at diagnosis

then starting infusions like the ones i taking to remove the amyloid plaque
the earlier these things are started the better it is to slow down the disease
there will soon be 3 to chose from
aduhelm or aducanumab
leqembi or lecanemab

maybe if a scan could be done that would be easy for the eye doctors to do would be useful
one that was noninvasive that could be used as a screening test to get a patient to seek care early in the disease

any test that can help diagnose it early would be useful
the earlier treatment can start the better it is to slow down the disease

the eyes have it

the organicgreen doctor

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