New here? Some Best Practices

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Re: New here? Some Best Practices

Postby Roobinsky » Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:07 pm

New here. I have not been tested yet and would like information regarding reputable labs. Both my grandmother and mother have had Dementia.

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Re: New here? Some Best Practices

Postby GLS18 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:55 pm

A warm welcome to our community Roobinsky!

I appreciate your courage in wanting to explore testing. Knowing this information can be helpful in personalizing a wellness plan best suited to your needs. Whatever you decide, genes only account for 25% of the picture and you amazingly have control over the remaining 75% through lifestyle factors such as diet/nutrition, movement, sleep, relaxation, and positive relationships. For detailed information about testing, Thinking About Testing? is a fantastic place to begin.

Through this supportive community, you will find a great deal of valuable information. The Primer and the many forums on this site provide a wealth of resources. Our How To Get The Most Out Of The ApoE4.Info Website is a brilliant step by step guide for navigating the website. Section 5 of this guide explains how to search the site for a particular topic of interest like genetic testing.

We would love to hear more about what led you here. If you would like to share your story, please do so here: Our Stories

Looking forward to your contributions , questions and insights!
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Re: New here? Some Best Practices

Postby Roobinsky » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:43 am

Thanks for your kind and informative reply. I will consider the testing further. I found the questionnaire very helpful as well as the primer.

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Re: New here? Some Best Practices

Postby slacker » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:59 am

Roobinsky wrote:Thanks for your kind and informative reply. I will consider the testing further. I found the questionnaire very helpful as well as the primer.


Hi Roobinsky;

GLS18 has proved some great links for you, especially the one to help you contemplate whether you really want to test your ApoE status.

Many members come to us after finding out their ApoE4 status unexpectedly through 23&me testing. A handful have reported that the 23&me results were incorrect on retest with another company (ex. Labcorp, True Health Labs, Life Extension). 23&me gives its clients raw data, which needs to be converted into easier to interpret results. This can be done with a variety of tools such as Promethease. If you decide to test, doing a search (magnifying glass in tool bar right upper corner of website) on "promethease" will allow you to read up on how to do this as well as other thought provoking related topics.

Good luck, and welcome! We are here to learn together.
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Re: New here? Some Best Practices

Postby rainbowsigns44 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:12 pm

how do I find a practioner to help diagnose my symptoms?

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Re: New here? Some Best Practices

Postby CoachJD » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:21 pm

rainbowsigns44 wrote:how do I find a practioner to help diagnose my symptoms?


Hello and a warm welcome to our community! There is a LOT of information on this site, so I hope you've had a chance explore, starting with https://www.apoe4.info/wiki/Main_Page#. ... fo_website

To find a ApoE4 Practitioner, you can check out this page on the wiki : https://www.apoe4.info/wiki/ApoE4-Aware ... ctitioners.

Please let us know if we can be of further service to you on your health journey.
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Re: New here? Some Best Practices

Postby NF52 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:50 pm

rainbowsigns44 wrote:how do I find a practioner to help diagnose my symptoms?
Welcome Rainbowsigns44! What a lovely name! I’m guessing that you have APOE 4/4, like me. Not sure how recently you found out, but know that it was a huge shock to absorb when I found it 4 years ago. Life is much better now that I have access to current, accurate information, the support of people on this forum and my family, and the chance to be in a clinical trial. (I’m 66 ad still healthy.)
If you feel comfortable sharing what your symptoms are, or what you feel is different, it might be easier to narrow your search. Some people have a sense that they’re not able to juggle as many tasks, others that they take longer to remember names, or are more tired.
Not every “symptom” is necessarily a sign of something terrible. Being tired and stressed when you have teenagers and are in peri menopause is pretty common, for example. You may want to start with asking your primary care provider to run some basic tests to rule out things like anemia, low thyroid, and to check your glucose tolerance and cholesterol. Having some tests paid for by insurance could mean less out of pocket costs.
We’re here to support you. There are many paths to feeling better. I hope you check out Stavia’s Primer. You can find it on the Welcome page and in the second forum topic under Getting Started.
Hugs from another 4/4, Rainbow!
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