I have a very good friend that's been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's. He's had cognitive tests and a PET scan. He's 72 and in good physical shape. He does have sleep apnea and uses a CPAP machine. His wife retired and is an excellent caregiver. I found a Bredesen practitioner here in Madison WI, Dr. Nicole Fenske. She has administered a number of tests and has recommended certain supplements. I'm not totally in the loop, but here's what I know about which tests he had:
Micronutrient Spec Lab 84
CardioMetabolic Lab 9901
Lab.GDX.Elemental Analysis Lab 96.2 -> Mercury
TSH, Free T4, Free T3, pregnenalone, DHEA sulfate, and testosterone
I don't think the above tests revealed anything that was way out of whack, but they're giving him supplements and trying to adjust his diet. I know there's at least three dozen factors to test for. I don't know how many the above list represents. What's the best strategy? Should we wait 3-4 months and see if the current treatment plans shows improvement? Does the above list represent a good starter set or are there other priority tests that should be done immediately? Should they pay for every possible test right away to see if one or more of them are way out of whack?
Lastly, a sizable majority of this forum focuses on diet. Is that really the biggest key to turning this around or just the easiest thing for people to focus on? Thanks for all the great support this forum provides!!