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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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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

Thursday, May 23, 2024

alzheimers news-it could be me


last week dr sanjay gupta did a show on alzheimers disease on cnn on new approaches to evaluating and treating and preventing the disease
prevent the disease
maybe 40% of cases could be prevented

now if you get the early onset gene like presenilin you are doomed you will get it 
not much slows it down 

if you are in the alzheimers world take the time to see his special on cnn called the last alzheimers patient 
and read this article about what he showed in his special

basically because of a family history of alzheimers disease he saw a preventative neurologist for an evaluation
he underwent extensive testing luckily showing no genetic risks on his gene test and normal memory or cogitive testing
his vitamin b12 was low and his homocysteine level was elevated which can easily be corrected by taking vitamin b12 and folate

in the cnn special he also followed several people who were predisposed to alzheimers or were in the early stages of the disease
five years later all of them were either the same or had gotten better
healthy diet like the mind diet 
socially active
mentally active
supplements for  any abnormalities like the low b12 or high homocysteine levels
aggressively controlling your weight cholesterol blood pressure blood sugar levels
getting adequate sleep

doing this in five years they all improved or at least stayed the same

you like dr gupta can be proactive
if you want to know more about your risk
check your apoe4/apoe4 status
consider checking you amyloid status in the near future when the new labs become available
consider early treatment when it gets approved by the fda to be used in patients with prodromal or prealzheimers 

all 6 million of the folks with alzheimers now were prodromal or prealzheimers about 20 years before their symptoms started
what if they could have be treated 20 years ago
what if they we had maximized their health

what if my mother been treated in her early 60s
what if my younger brother been treated in his late 40s
what if i could have been treated in my early 50s instead of my late 60s early 70s

could we have added 10 years or more of good health to their our lives
i think so
we are getting closer to treating folks early before symptoms start to allow them more time to work be with their family and live their lives

as i watched the cnn special on the last alzheimers patient
i turned to my wife she and said
you know i could have been on that special

these new treatments and the ones coming right behind them are just the beginning
soon in 10 years you will be treated with these medications to slow down or to prevent alzheimers
as long as 
you do those healthy things i mentioned above and that they mentioned in the special

it is me

the organicgreen doctor

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