kellipsf wrote:Hi Jan - you mentioned 'hormone levels'? I am also a recent joiner who discovered I have one 4 plus a parent who recently died of Alzheimer's. I'm a 51 year old female who has not gone through menopause (or any symptoms of) and wonder what you mean by the importance of hormone levels? I'm in good shape, exercise regularly but either experiencing symptoms of or in full panic mode and inducing memory issues! Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
Hi, kellipsf, welcome to the site. Losing a parent to Alzheimer's is horrendous stress, certainly enough to induce 'memory issues' on its own, even before adding in the additional stress that can come with discovering that you have one 4. Of course, I don't know and couldn't possibly tell (from our short interaction here on the forum) what is the source of the memory issues that are worrying you. But when I look at the circumstances you've just presented, I'm more inclined to think 'stress' is the culprit here. (Only a professional evaluation could give you a definitive answer.)
Hormone levels are important across the lifespan, for men as well, but especially for women. And that's regardless of age, menopause status, etc. Are you familiar with Dr. Dale Bredesen's book, The End of Alzheimer's: the First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline? There are 15 separate entries under 'Hormones' in the index, and this quote from page 207: "In order to prevent or reverse cognitive decline, it is critical to work with your physician to optimize hormone levels..." And then he goes specifically into thyroid, estradiol and progesterone, testosterone (men and
women), and adrenal function. (It is wonderful to work with a physician, but there is much that can be done on your own also.)
Being in good shape, exercising regularly - I can't tell you how much I liked reading that! That puts you very far ahead in the game!
Let me urge you to start exploring the threads within the site. Start with our site Primer
It was written by physician member Stavia, and contains a great deal of explanatory information, that will give you a very good grounding in so many areas that will be important to you in the future.
We have a great deal of information about hormones on the site. In fact, Stavia right now is working on a Wiki about that exact subject. Meanwhile, there is a very large thread discussion hormone replacement therapy for E4 women here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=119&hilit=hormones
(I know you have no menopausal symptoms yet, but it never hurts to anticipate the future, and there's lots of ancillary information that could be of benefit in the responses also.)
Our site search engine will be your best friend.
It's the three stacked squares to the right of your name, at the top of each page. Click on that icon, select search, and put in any term that you'd like more information about. That's also where you access the site Wikis, which are expanding as we grow.
Remember that the 4 you have is predictive
of a possibility
AD. You're very young (late-onset speaking) for AD symptoms to manifest now. While that is not impossible, I would be inclined to think that you're having a very normal reaction to the stress you have been under. And don't forget the possible cardiac implications of the gene. You want to pay close attention to heart health as well. In fact, all of the attention you pay to 'general' good health will be beneficial to your cognitive health in the future.
There's no 'cookie-cutter' healthiest lifestyle so we each work on figuring out our personal best. Very glad to have you walk with us! Post any additional questions you have. The members of this site share unstintingly with others pursuing their own best course.