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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
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

Friday, February 9, 2024

alzheimers news-changing your genetics


what if i could change my genetics
my choice would be to change my apoe 4 status
or its effects

what is apoe 4
it is apolipoprotein e that is involved in the metabolism of fats
it moves cholesterol around in the body
cholesterol is a good thing since it is used to make things like steroids in your body and is used to build or rebuild nerve cells
the right amount of cholesterol is a good thing
too much is a bad thing
causing heart disease or strokes or alzheimers

the apoe 4 gene is called the late onset alzheimers gene

there are 3 versions of apoe that you can inherit
apoe 2 which is good to have as it protects you somewhat from this disease
apoe 3 is sort of the half way one
apoe 4 increases your chance of heart disease stroke and alzheimers

if you get the apoe 4 apoe 4 version then your risk for alzheimers is increased by 10-20 times
2-3% of us have this version

you can counterbalance that apoe 4 apoe 4 gene by
 controlling your cholesterol throughout your life
along with doing all other things one should be doing
good blood pressure control
maintaining a normal blood sugar
maintaining a normal weight
eating a healthy diet like the mind diet
staying active mentally physically and socially
getting adequate sleep
avoiding stress
limiting alcohol
not smoking
doing all the other healthy things you need to do

what if
you could change that apoe 4 genes influence on your body
what if
you could be given a medicine to do that

this research from my alma mater the university of arkansas medical school has developed a new drug that might interfere with the effects of the apoe 4 gene
by doing so
it will counterbalance the effects of the apoe 4 gene
if it works then folks like me might not develop alzheimers disease

dont you just love science

this week
when you see someone picking their nose
stop or youll get alzheimers disease

some researchers think that by picking your nose a lot that you develop inflammation in the nose
the olfactory or smeller nerves are up in your nose
they have almost a direct line to the brain
the olfactory center in the brain is close to where alzheimers stats

neuroinflammation is part of what causes alzheimers destruction in the bran along with amyloid plaques and tau tangles

picking your nose causes neuroinflammation in the olfactory nerve
could that neuroinflammation cause alzheimers

well keep picking your nose and youll eventually find out

the organicgreen doctor

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