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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, August 25, 2023

alzheimers news-middle age determines your risk for dementia


it comes down to mainly drinking smoking sedentary live style obesity high blood pressure cholesterol mainly in your middle age years that leads to dementia as you get older

my younger brother was in his mid 50s when he was diagnosed
i was 60 when i was diagnosed with mci due to alzheimers
i think i was helped because i aggressively altered some of my middle age risk factors when i was in my middle ages
had i not done so i probably would have been affected sooner
or had a heart attack or stroke at an early age

this morning i read this yahoo news linked fortune review of an article from the british medical journal about 11 key factors that could predict ones risk for developing dementia later in life

interesting is almost all of these things are controllable
eg controlling your blood pressure below 120/80 in middle age eliminates that risk factor
controlling your ldl cholesterol to a normal level like less than 100 does the same

here are the 11 mostly modifiable risk factors
age greater than 65
lack of education
history of diabetes
history of or current depression
history of a stroke
parental dementia
economic disadvantage
high blood pressure
high cholesterol
living alone
being male

add to these
being overweight
drinking too much
being physically inactive
being socially inactive

i have written about altering these things in your middle ages to reduce your risk for developing dementia
one should do these starting the day you are born to have the maximum effect on lowering your dementia risk
also it lowers your risk for heart attack and stroke as well as dementia

as you can see
whether you develop dementia may be totally determined by how well you alter these risk factors
you can overcome any inherited risk factors for dementia except probably for the rare early onset at an early age alzheimers dementia that is genetic

join me for our santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday october 14th
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