Just introducing myself, asking for general thoughts on approximate risk factor for AD given background?
I can't address your risk but you did mention family history of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, to which you may or may not know there does seem to be a connection.
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis are all degenerative neurological conditions. Although they manifest differently, the connection between these seem to have something to do with the mitochondria. I recommend following Stavia's write up on strategies for newcomers which stresses insulin control first, but given your family history of Parkinson's and AD, you might want to be mindful of your mitochondria while doing this.
Terry Wahls is a medical doctor who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite seeking the best in medical care, her condition degenerated to her needing a tilt recline wheel chair because she couldn’t even sit up. But through her own research, she largely addressed her situation through diet, specifically eating to feed her mitochondria. She reversed her multiple sclerosis. She gave a TedTalk which addresses her journey, http://terrywahls.com/minding-your-mito ... xiowacity/
If you’ve perused the subjects on this forum, you may have seen Dr Dale Bredesen mentioned. He’s researched neurodegeneration for decades, focusing on cognition issues. He feels there should be no Alzheimer’s and has reversed cognitive decline through a protocol he’s developed. In his paper “Reversal of Cognitive decline: A Novel Therapeutic Program” http://www.aging-us.com/article/NjJf3fWGKw4e99CyC/text
published in September 2014 he discusses the protocol he developed. The paper has a table which cites about 25 things he looks at/addresses to reverse cognitive decline and one of those 25 things is “optimize mitochondrial function.”
Dr Bredesen’s paper cites supplements to optimize mitochondrial function, but how my husband (3/4) and I (4/4) address this strategy is by applying Dr Wahls’ protocol concept of eating vegetables as follows: 1/3 greens, 1/3 colors, 1/3 sulphur. She likes 9 total cups of vegetables a day total, we aren’t quite able to make that, but we do have a very large salad incorporating the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 strategy every night and we avoid processed foods.
But earlier I qualified that the vegetables should be “good.” We follow Dr Wahls’ protocol but within the dietary restrictions of our doctor, Dr Gundry, who is another doctor who if you read through forum subjects is often referenced. Dr Gundry has been testing for ApoE4 for 15 years, and has minimized the negative effects of this gene in thousands of patients. ApoE4 is an ancient gene, and Dr Gundry takes an evolutionary tact to his dietary recommendations. He says there are certain foods that are now widely eaten that have only been introduced to human diet in “recent” (think evolutionary) years. The body reacts negatively, although often imperceptibly, to these foods. We follow his guidance in our diet specifically avoiding certain foods in the plant family, which contain lectins, e.g.s beans, grains, nightshades.
But that's what we do, many people find it hard, especially when new to this, to give up some of their favorite vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers in addition to giving up other favorite foods when trying to control their insulin. There's nothing wrong with taking baby steps, as long as you keep moving forward, I just thought I'd give you some food for thought, or perhaps your mitochondria.