There are many reasons for memory problems encountered in middle aged persons: stress, depression, alcohol and medication use, just to name a few. But it could also be the beginning of Alzheimer's dementia. Our genotyping service will analyze your DNA and provide valuable information that could tell if you as an individual have genetic risk factors for this disease.
If you know your genetic odds, you can:
Plan for the future. An important advantage of knowing about Alzheimer's in the early stages is that people and their loved ones can begin planning for the future - discussing what medical care or living arrangements might be needed, as well as making decisions about healthcare, power of attorney and more.
Protect your and your family's assets by taking necessary legal steps to make key financial and care decisions while functioning at the highest possible level
Decide whether to purchase long-term care insurance
Take advantage of treatment and prevention options that may become available in the future
Enroll in Alzheimer's disease clinical research
Adjust your life-style to minimize your personal risk
Treat other causes of memory loss such as:
Vitamin deficiency (B12, folate)
Excessive alcohol use
Hormone abnormalities (e.g. thyroid hormone deficiency)
Certain over the counter or prescription medications
Depression or other mood-related disorders
We cannot control our genetic predisposition. However, we can learn about it and shape our environment to maintain good health and high quality of life, physical and emotional. In fact, new studies show that knowledge of one's genetic information does exactly that: it motivates to adopt health lifestyles.