I was listening to my copy of The End of Alzheimer's in the car and I caught the apoe web address during the end of chapter 10 I think. It's a great addition to How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease. I am finding though, that the End of Alzheimer's protocol discussion is a bit overwhelming. I'm so glad to find this site to commiserate or celebrate with others who have a family history and/or APOE+.
My father was diagnosed with late onset and we watched the progression from there until today while he lay in nursing care. His mother wasn't diagnosed until she was in her early 70's and passed when she was 85. It has had a profound impact on me.
Prior to 65 Dad was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, was slightly overweight, and on Simvastatin. He and my mother both are non-social and he worked almost until he was 67. On my mother's side, there is a cocktail of warfarin/Coumadin and other hypertension type meds like Amlodipine-benazepril, Digoxin, Flecainide- but she does get some physical exercise daily even with that mix!
So either way, any genetic testing isn't going to counter or supplant the obvious. It is vital to my well being to understand the connections between my lifestyle and the good thing is, I'm 53 and do not suffer from chronic disease. I attempt to take care of myself, eating right, exercise - although when listening to books or reading posts here, it seems like nothing is enough. I couldn't afford the "protocol" even if I tried. I eat algae daily and stick to very meat limited plant-based diet. I definitely have to get a printed copy of the book and read the posts herein to discover how you could self-recode with minimal tests expense.
I had a hugely stressful job and although I was living a very comfortable lifestyle, I quit in 2017 after witnessing what an Alz diagnosis does to a family. I watched Dad power through a government job for several years and experience undue stress for what? I am looking to find true satisfaction my work with big impact. I did odd jobs for a while and am now consulting for a company while providing my technical expertise as a volunteer to other companies. I went without health insurance for some time and it just so happened that it caused me to bulldoze through peri-meno like a tank. Sans-mense for over 12 months without the benefit of any hormones, valium, Xanax...now that just seems ridiculous (joking). That stressful job looks pretty good when you have access to cheap healthcare and free prescription drugs.
So now I focus on the things I can control. Diet, physical, sleep, inflammation, allergies, etc etc. I now have a medical plan that only has a $6,000 deductible so surely my annual wellness exam will cover three-month homocysteine checks and trimethylglycine (TMG). Kidding of course. I'm glad to find apoe4.info to compare notes just like Bredesen mentions in Chapter 10. Finding others who are the 1-off test and describe how lifestyle changes impact not only how they feel but the optimism perhaps. Periods of staring into the eyes of AD cause a certain feeling of hopelessness and isolation so I was pleased to read some posts herein.
I guess the final question is: how can I enjoy dessert now?