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Apr 06, 2019 06:45:25

Prevention of Alzheimer's disease

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Recently I listened to an episode of Dr. Peter Attia's podcast addressing Alzheimer's disease. Peter's guest was Richard Isaacson, a neurologist who specializes in Alzheimer's disease. 

Anyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimer's. --Richard Isaacson

It is somewhat scary to think that your actions and behaviors now will affect your health and quality of life 20-30 years in the future. Richard indicated that some people may start to show the biological changes that are related to Alzheimer's disease twenty or more years before showing symptoms. 

One fact that surprised me is that only recently has there even been an acknowledgement in the scientific community about prevention of Alzheimer's disease. In fact, scientific journals used to refuse to publish articles if they used the phrase "Alzheimer's prevention." They wanted the word "prevention" changed to "risk reduction."

Many people plan for retirement to ensure they have enough money in their golden years. But how many people plan for health? Sure, there are plenty of diseases and afflictions that you cannot control, but scientific data are becoming more and more clear that behavior and lifestyle choices have a huge effect on overall health and wellbeing. 

Knowledge is not power. Knowing is not enough. So what am I doing with this knowledge?

My Action steps:

  • Continue my relentless focus on reversing type 2 diabetes
  • Stay focused on getting good quality sleep every night
  • Learn more about Alzheimer's prevention (starting with https://www.alzu.org) and learn about longevity medicine
  • Get more specific lab tests including ApoE genetic test and NMR Lipoprofile to determine my risk profile

From Brandon Wilson's collection:

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    @brandonwilson Thanks for your podcast recommendation. They've got some interesting topics covered.
    I did a genetics test a few months ago on 23andme. Sadly I can't unlock the health part of the page as I'm living in Austria and there seems to be some kind of limitation.
    But with the raw data browser, where you can lookup SNPs and if I'm reading the data correct I've got a 3% "genotype increases risk" whatever that means.

    Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Apr 21, 2019 23:15:28
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      @phaidenbauer I’m a little nervous about those genetic testing sites. Do you have a doctor who can interpret the data for you? 3% doesn’t seem like much but hard to know without context.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 21, 2019 14:19:11
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      @brandonwilson I think for finding genetic relatives they aren't bad, but for medical purposes, I'm really not sure. I know some doctors because of my paramedic activity, but I didn't get into detail with them.
      As none of my grandparents and grand-grandparents suffered from Alzheimer I'm not overthinking it and just wait until somebody can interpret those data for me or another, better site, comes around. :)

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Apr 21, 2019 23:33:36
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    Good idea of you tackling t2D, that will in turn also reduce risk of cognitive decline. It's beginning to be acknowledged that cognitive decline (dementia/alzheimers) in fact is just simply diabetes of the brain.


    Abe avatar Abe | Apr 06, 2019 21:49:48
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    @brandonwilson - Very interesting topic Brandon....and me and you in particular need to do what you outlined. I think I have heard Dr Attai call Alzheimer's type 3 Diabetes because of the correlation.

    I need to get the test for that ApoE as well... Let me knowno how you proceed with your action plans... We may need to encourage each other about this.

    Keni avatar Keni | Apr 06, 2019 11:18:55
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