My name is Repello and I’ve been lurking here for a while (I’ve read the primer multiple times over the last year), and finally decided to take the leap and introduce myself.
My husband just tested positive for e3/e4. But I believe that his risk may be higher than the average person with a single copy (perhaps there are other genes at play). His mother was diagnosed with AD at age 60, and probably had subclinical symptoms starting at age 50. Her father (my husband’s maternal grandfather) was also diagnosed in his 60s, and out of the 7 siblings in that generation, 6 of the 7 died of dementia (one died of accidental causes early in life). One of those 6 developed symptoms in her 50s. So given the prior two generations experiences, the younger generation is understandably frightened. Hence why I’ve been lurking here so long! I’m contrast, my own personal family history has a lot of long lived people who stayed cognitively intact to the end.
We are in our late 30s. I have to follow a Keto diet for other medical reasons. My husband, up to this point, has not wanted to follow the Keto diet with me. I keep reading such conflicting advice about Mediterranean vs. Keto for e4. My only problem is I can’t imagine preparing meals for Keto (me) and Mediterranean (my husband). That sounds overwhelming. And eating a plant-based Keto diet seems so restrictive, I can’t imagine doing that for me and him. I currently use a meal planning service that has helped my own medical condition immensely— but it has a lot of animal products like grass fed beef, pork, chicken, cream, olive oil, butter, as well as fish once or twice per eeek. Right now we share the same main dish but he adds carbs like rice and bread and fruit, as desired. Ideally we would be able to eat the same diet, so that meal prep stays reasonable. Is it really bad for him to eat a meat-based Keto diet? Is there any research on the type of Keto diet and the e4 gene? I know Dr. Bredesen recommends keto-flex and a primarily vegetarian Keto diet, but the meat-based Keto diet has worked so incredibly well for me and I’m hesitant to make such a big switch when I’ve finally just stabilized my own medical condition. Veggie based Keto also seems like a huge endeavor and that it would be difficult to get my husband’s buy- in. On the other hand, I think I could convince him to do a more traditional Keto diet like the one I’m already on.
I would appreciate any advice or words of wisdom. Thank you!