I'm going to try to keep this short. Haha no health intro /q&a is short.
My first question is what company do you all recommend testing for apoe genotype?
I'm seeing my primary care doctor in October and want to be prepared with info if it's something I'd do through him/insurance. I've read about 23andMe and I'll do that if it makes sense. I can't tell if 23andme gives the genotype and not just APOE4 y/n.
My second question is whether other conditions apart from APOE4 cause moderately high cholesterol. Ever since my first cholesterol test in my 20s, I've pinged 220-240, with a good ratio, but both good and bad cholesterol above normal. Triglycerides always low, especially after I stopped drinking alcohol and became an exercise fiend.
I'm 42, very fit and with no abdominal fat. Two of my three teen/tween kids also have high cholesterol and also are sporty. We're all healthy eaters, though not to any strict guidelines. Almost no processed foods. Breads are sourdough. Dairy is fermented and plain (kefir & yogurt). Lots of fish, beans, greens, nuts and olive oil. Some whole grains. Basically no dietary explanation for the high cholesterol.
My mom is in mid stage Alz/dementia at 86. She has high cholesterol and very high anxiety untreated most of her life. My dad died of leukemia at 77 before we could be sure if he was suffering from the early stages of Alz or if it was "chemo" brain from 6 months of treatment for colon cancer. His cholesterol and BP we're controlled with meds and he was a thin athlete like me. His dad: same body type, no BP or cholesterol issues, yes Alzheimers in mid-80s and beyond.
I'm assuming I'm E3/E4 or E4/E4, and that even if I'm APOE "negative" I'll still develop alz because of family history. I have a mild but progressive lung disease as well (that I control through tons of exercise) and I'm hoping that it does me in first. But i want to be prepared for the sake of my kids, who may have to take care of me, and who may have the same genetic risk.
Yet still I wonder if there is some other reason to have high cholesterol.
Thanks for reading all this