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Re: Welcome!!!

Postby 790alison » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:19 pm

Hi everyone, Having lost my mother over a ten year period to alzheimer's, my sister and I have been visiting a UK dr who specialises in nutritional medicine. My sister is apoe3/3 but I am apoe2/4. Im trying to get my head around what that means as the apoe2 seems to be a positive and the apoe4 a negative in terms of alzheimer's disease. I will take time to read a lot of the information on here and I have already read Dr Bresenden's book. I am hopeful that the information I have gathered from both the genetics test and other tests will allow my doctor to suggest supplements that will support a positive outlook looking forward. I am looking forward to the support of other apoe4 carriers. Alison

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Postby CoachJD » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:20 am

Welcome 790alison! I hope you find this site and community an informative and inspiring resource for you and your sister on your wellness journey. You've already received advise about how to interpret your risk status from your genetics, but I want to share with you that your ApoE4 status is only one of many factors that will influence your overall health and risk of cognitive decline. Doing all you can to eat, sleep, rest and recreate well is critical as genetics are the loaded gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger! I 'retired' at 60 after a long and stressful career, and found joy in creating a whole new vocation for myself, and I encourage you to 'feed our head' with knowledge and challenges, and tap into your inner strengths with the courage to tackle something new that fills your heart. This can be an absolutely amazing chapter in your life! Enjoy!

I hope you'll keep us posted and participate in ongoing dialog with us.
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Re: Welcome!!!

Postby carmen » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:28 am

Hi, I made my registration today.
I'm reading Dr. Dale E. Bredesen's book. I am portuguese and I apologize for my English. Thanks to Julie for creating this site. My maternal grandmother had Alzheimer's, I'm 45 years old and I already have some forgetfulness and difficulty speaking and I was alert. I'm going to take the APOE test. In the meantime I started my physical activity and caring for food. I have a lot of fear about Alzheimer's and I'm changing my lifestyle is not easy, but I will succeed. Initially I will read the shares on this site. Thank you very much for accepting my registration here.

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Postby Lucy5 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:38 pm

carment wrote: Hi, I made my registration today.
I'm reading Dr. Dale E. Bredesen's book. I am portuguese and I apologize for my English. Thanks to Julie for creating this site. My maternal grandmother had Alzheimer's, I'm 45 years old and I already have some forgetfulness and difficulty speaking and I was alert. I'm going to take the APOE test. In the meantime I started my physical activity and caring for food. I have a lot of fear about Alzheimer's and I'm changing my lifestyle is not easy, but I will succeed. Initially I will read the shares on this site. Thank you very much for accepting my registration here.

Hello Carmen and welcome to our community! I visited your beautiful country years ago and would love to go back some day. I tried to learn a little Portuguese before my trip, but despite my poor attempts, everyone was so kind and helpful So please, do not apologize for your English, it is excellent!!

I can certainly understand your concerns about Alzheimer’s after seeing your grandmother struggle with this disease. But, if I may, I’d like to suggest that at only 45 years old, you may want to look at possible other causes of your current concerns with forgetfulness, etc. For example, perhaps fluctuating hormones (common during this time of life), stress or poor sleep could be contributors? Certainly a general check-up and discussion with you family physician may be helpful if you continue to have concerns.

In any case, regular exercise, optimizing sleep, stress management and improving diet is a great plan to improve energy and overall health at any age. It's great to hear that you're already focusing on making some of these changes!

Carmen, in addition to reading Dr Bredesen's excellent book, we also highly recommend new members read our site Primer, written by a member doctor. It's a great way to learn more about our group as well as the ApoE4 gene. It also provides clear, prioritized lifestyle approaches to increasing our healthspan with much of it also applicable to those without this gene. Additionally, our How-To-Guide offers suggestions on how to use our website more easily. To search for topics discussed on our forums, just click on the magnifying glass along the top right of this page.

Carmen, please don't hesitate to ask questions of the group at any time as they come up. This is a very supportive community and we continue to learn so much from each other. I'm looking forward to hearing more about how you're doing!
warmly, Lucy

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Re: Welcome!!!

Postby srbogert » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:53 am

carmen wrote:Hi, I made my registration today.
I'm reading Dr. Dale E. Bredesen's book. I am portuguese and I apologize for my English. Thanks to Julie for creating this site. My maternal grandmother had Alzheimer's, I'm 45 years old and I already have some forgetfulness and difficulty speaking and I was alert. I'm going to take the APOE test. In the meantime I started my physical activity and caring for food. I have a lot of fear about Alzheimer's and I'm changing my lifestyle is not easy, but I will succeed. Initially I will read the shares on this site. Thank you very much for accepting my registration here.


Hello Carmen! I'm glad that you found the APOE4.info site. We are here to support each other and share information. You are very welcome to participate! I just want to reinforce some of the points that Lucy made in her reply to your post. While the experience with your grandmother's illness was difficult, it is good to see that it motivates you to take control of your own health, and make healthy changes. At your age, you are probably not experiencing the same type of memory loss that your grandmother had, but it would be wise to work with your physician to find out what is happening and resolve it quickly. Issues like hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, stress, poor diet, etc, in your 40s can contribute to the formation of Alzheimer's and other serious conditions in later years. I congratulate you on the changes you have already made with diet and physical activity. Keep up the good work!!
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