I am Mark, E3/E4 status....
I regret my paleo-diet years; I put on weight, not all muscle, but think my long walks in nature may have helped me stay healthy. I have had a caffeine induced non fatal heart scare, slow metabolizer status, and the resultant tests were good. Recently did the Cartroid artery scan, and that was good.
Plant based diet makes me feel better than a keto type diet. Lots of POM juice, Nitrous Oxide foods, water, and I feel my plan is good for me.
Thanks for this resource. All you guys are great.
First, let me congratulate you on taking evidence from multiple sources to make major changes in your health--including that heart surgeon. (I had an uncle who was told by an ENT surgeon at his daughter's wedding that he needed to see a neurologist ASAP, based on only a handshake. Turned out he had a benign brain tumor that was growing fast. It was removed successfully and my uncle lived for decades longer. So I'm glad some of those docs are willing to break the rules of party etiquette,) You get the credit for making lots of great decisions based on your family history, your own health and your motivation to be healthy. We can't rewrite our family's history, but we can sometimes use it to rewrite our future story. You mentioned a carotid artery scan; sometimes those are down in a package of 3, with abdominal aneurysm scan and peripheral vascular scan in the legs. Your primary care doctor may be able to advise whether he thinks those would be helpful also, or possible a coronary artery scan. I paid for one because I'm not considered "high risk", although my dad died of cardiac arrest at my age (67). It was a relief to get a zero score, but I wanted to know if it was bad news before I had a heart attack scare.
You're also a great example of finding a diet and exercise program that works for you. We are all much more than our ApoE 4 status, and a plant-based diet, like the Mediterranean diet and others, also has strong evidence of being heart and brain healthy.
I hope you feel free to jump into any conversation on the forum, and to post new topics that you'd like discussed. We have a helpful resource "How-To" Get the most out of the ApoE4.info website
to be sure folks see your posts, and you see posts of interest, as well as using the Search function.
Two other useful resources for deep dives are the Wiki
, with topics curated by members with in-depth knowledge, and the Primer
, written by a physician member with ApoE 4/4.
Thanks for your kind comments about this forum--we are only as good as our members, so are glad you've joined. Feel free to let us know what we can do to improve.