Bodnerr wrote: I have decided that the Bredesen Protocol is the way I’d like to tackle my situation. However, I have many concerns around cost since I am young and many physician’s visits and tests will not be covered through my insurance.
Welcome to a group that wrestles with similar questions! Julie G (who started this forum several years ago to allow support knowledge around health and ApoE 4) gave you a good answer: yes, you can do this yourself--with some caveats on her link. Many people decide to do as much as they can of the Bredesen Protocol, and get some labs from their doctor and other blood through online vendors (which they then get at the same local labs they might go to for routine blood work). Others decide to take an eclectic approach and address whatever they feel are the big issues in their own life (sleep, stress reduction, exercise, healthier eating) wth the idea of starting small and monitoring how they feel.
You mentioned the medical professionals on this site, so may want to check out the PRIMER
, written by Stavia, who is a physician and has an ApoE 4/4 profile.
You don't specify how young you are. If you're in your 20's or 30's, it's not too early to adopt healthy and sustainable lifestyle habits, including continued cognitive and social engagement. It's likely that the science around how to personalize risk predictions for people your age will improve a lot in the next 10 years. In my own opinion, you have time to keep up your reading and testing out ideas for yourself. Members sometimes call these N=1 experiments, since the N (number) of subjects in an experiment on yourself is always 1--and always important!
Hope you continue to add to our conversation!