NonnaEgea wrote:I stumbled onto this site and have devoured the primer and most of the contents practically nonstop over last 48 hrs. I am a 70 year old female, very intrested in health and keeping as fit as possible. I am not overweight (5' 125 lbs with a lot of muscle) nor do I have diabetes even though there are many in my family that do. My A1C hovers at 5.6 - 5.9. The lipids are slightly over and sometimes normal. My practitioner constantly tells me I should have lower ldl because of my stent and wants me to take statins but other than the 1st year (5 yrs ago) I no longer take them. She says not to worry about becoming diabetic even though I sometimes have tingling in my foot. I have an APOC3 normal gene? I don't know about the APO 4. Do you recommend any initial testing to make sure that I am staying healthy and on the right track to avoid the Alzheimer bullet. I live in Mexico 7 months and in Oregon rest of the year. I definately plan to get the fasting insulin test either here in Mexico or as soon as I return in May.
I tryly appreciate your feedback.
Welcome to the Community NonnaEgea!
You have found a tremendous source of information and support here, for keeping as healthy and fit as possible. You have taken a deep dive, over the past few days, and it may take some time to fully digest all that you have read. You might do further research in areas that interest you by looking at the WiKi (access at top of page). And in case you have not found it yet, you can do a search for any topic using the spyglass to the left of your name. Though many of us here carry one or two copies of the ApoE4 allele, the recommendations in the Primer would apply to anyone seeking to optimize health. I don't have any knowledge of the ApoC3 gene. In terms of initial testing, again, I think that Stavia's list of tests in the Primer is a great place to start. If there are any things in that round of testing that are out of range, you could focus your attention on correcting those. that would be a good start towards being sure you are on track. HbA1c between 5.6 and 5.9 would be considered high by many doctors. When mine was 5.7, my doctor said it was pre-diabetes and advised that I bring it down, which I have done through diet changes.
In The End of Alzheimer's
, the author, Dr Bredesen, recommends HbA1c less than 5.6. (pg 123)
Knowing your fasting insulin level and your fasting glucose could also be valuable markers.
Do you have any reason to be specifically concerned about cognitive issues, either because of something you have noticed in yourself or a family history? Or are you, with your interest in maintaining your health, just wanting to be sure you are covering all areas and not overlooking anything ?