Hi, my name here is Drae (or, drae). Just joined because I just read Dr. Bredesen's book.
I thought I was reading it for other people, a lot of friends of friends and family by marriage. But then, found myself in it.
My fairly varied and colorful health history includes: 40 years of prediabetes (but at least I didn't die from the out of control reactive hypoglycemia). Quite a few different diseases and times I almost died. Life turned around by spiritual, and later, cleaner eating.
Decades of: inflammation, stress filled life style, really bad sleep habits, bad other habits. food sensitivities, obesity, too little exercise, off the chart addiction, gall bladder disease (eventually healed), chronic bronchitis (eventually healed). four kinds of depression (eventually healed), subclinical low thyroid, adrenal and other hormonal issue symptoms (never bothered with a diagnosis). And, a couple more sordid things like overmedicated by doctors and probably unnecessary electroshock therapy (memory loss from that, but fought and it got better for a few decades).
Then, in my fifties and sixties came new memory loss, gradually more and more senior moments, of various kinds. I am not interested in borrowing trouble but also have enough experience to know sometimes you have to make changes.
Sounds to me like I might over-qualify on precursors with or without the gene, and at least could benefit from some serious lifestyle changes to improve brain and body health, and, yes, it would be good to know if I am on track with the gene, too.
I am 67, female, no family history of AD known, but do have the heart disease, stroke in the family.
Mostly, I just really don't want to get back on the medical/insurance system. Most of my health miracles were me doing things better (often against the advice of my doctors) or just the pure goodness of God. For the last 17 years have been living above the fray with no medical intervention, no prescriptions, losing weight slowly but steadily without dieting. I like it. Working at consistency on a few basic supplements this year. But, alas, apparently I need at least a health coach, someone to interpret the numbers. And lots and lots of change.
Naturally, a little overwhelmed by how much I want to read, study, learn, do. Although, I, for sure, know it can be done to change your life, get something under control and live instead of die. It doesn't scare me, just maybe overwhelms a little.
Since reading the book a few days ago, less sugar (again), more water, started walking (again), working on sleeping more and better. One of my main mottos: poco a poco.
I'll be reading and listening and taking some advice. Thanks for being here.
Drae -- floundering forward, everlasting beginner.
Poco a poco. it don't work if you don't do it.
JulieG: Sticking with it slowly.
G.K. Chesterton: Practice makes progress.
A thing worth doing well is worth doing badly at first.