Health Risks Alzheimer's Disease

Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's Disease is

Normal
2.37
0%
1.76
2.54
100%

What does this mean?

 Your genotypes indicate that you have a typical risk for Alzheimer's disease. You are recommended to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?

Your genetic risk assessment is

2.37

This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Alzheimer's Disease.

Genes
Your Genotype
What it means?
Genes: PICALM
Your Genotype: GG
What it means? Typical
Genes: CR1
Your Genotype: GG
What it means? Typical
Genes: CLU
Your Genotype: CC
What it means? Typical
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Limitations

This report does not diagnose any health conditions or provide medical advice. This should not be used as a diagnostic tool.
This result is limited to existing scientific research.
Please consult with a healthcare professional before making any major lifestyle changes or if you have any other concerns about your results.

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an irreversible and progressive disease of dementia where the symptoms will gradually worsen over number of years. Dementia is a set of symptoms described as a progressive decline in thinking, reasoning, memory, behavioral and social skills.

People with AD gradually lose their ability to perform their day to day task independently. AD accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Currently, there is no cure AD. Treatment for symptoms that can temporarily slow down the worsening of dementia symptoms are available.

How does Alzheimer's disease affect the body?

Alzheimer's disease causes:

How It Affects Your Body

According to scientists, patients with AD were found to have already experienced changes in their brain, a decade or more before the appearance of memory and other cognitive problems. During this preclinical stage of Alzheimers disease, people seem to be symptom-free, but toxic changes are taking place in the brain. Abnormal deposits of proteins tangle throughout the brain. Thus, healthy neurons stop functioning, lose connections with other neurons, and die. As more neurons die, additional parts of the brain will be affected, hence begin to shrink. By the final stage of Alzheimers, the damage will be widespread, and the brain tissue would have shrunk significantly. Certain individuals can experience weight loss due to eating disturbances during the course of disease. The loss of appetite can be due to them unable to recognise food, loss sense of taste, medications and decreased physical activity.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

Risk Factors Can Influence The Risk of Developing Alzheimer's disease

Genetics are NOT the only risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease.
Alzheimer's Disease is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors. Now that you have learnt about your genetic risk, you can determine how aggressively you need to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.
The earlier in your life that you commit to living a healthy lifestyle, the more you can reduce your risk for or delay the development of Alzheimer's Disease.

Brain Stimulation

Fewer years of education has been associated with a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. While the reason for this is still unclear, researchers suggest that exercising the brain through activities like reading, writing, and doing puzzles may help promote brain health.

Diet

A heart-healthy diet has been associated with a decreased risk for Alzheimer's disease. A heart-healthy diet emphasizes the consumption of green leafy vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Consuming healthy fats — found in fish, nuts, and olive oil — and minimizing saturated and trans fats are also important.

Heart Health

Research shows that high blood pressure and high cholesterol are both associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease. Maintaining normal blood pressure, keeping a healthy weight, and exercising regularly are a few things you can do to promote and maintain your heart health.

Gender

More women than men have late-onset Alzheimer's disease, perhaps due to both biological and lifestyle factors.

Family History

Parents, siblings, and children of an individual with late-onset Alzheimer's disease have a higher chance of developing the disease themselves.

Age

The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease increases greatly as a person ages. This condition is most often diagnosed in people over the age of 65.

Suggested Lifestyle Changes

Dietary Recommendations:

  1. The loss of appetite can be improved by making a few changes. There are some useful tips to increase appetite including understanding their food preferences, cooking food that are more appealing in terms of colour and aroma, eating in a group, avoid distractions by eating in a quiet environment, etc.
  2. Eat more whole grains, green leafy and other vegetables, berries, poultry, fish, nuts, beans, and olive oil to slow down the process of cognitive decline and reduce the risk of AD.
  3. Limit the intake of high-fat and high-salt foods such as red meat, fast foods and margarine.
  4. Reduce the intake of sugar commonly found in sweetened beverages, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and ice cream.

Supplement Recommendations:

  1. Supplements of high-potency multivitamin and multi-mineral, omega-3 oil, phosphatidyl-serine, alpha lipoic acid, resveratrol and coenzyme Q10 are recommended to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Lifestyle Recommendations:

  1. Engage in brain-aerobic activities. For example, playing and listening to music or completing crossword puzzles.
  2. Stress is one of the major risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. Studies have shown that practising a simple 12-minute yoga / meditation can reduce stress levels.

Exercise Recommendations:

  1. Engage in 150 minutes of aerobic exercises in a week. For example, swimming, walking, hiking, etc.
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