Amykwill wrote:Hi everyone
I’m almost 54, work FT , married and have 3 grown sons. My mom just died of ALZ at 80 so I decided to do 23 and me. Just found out I have 1 apo4 and am kinda terrified. I’ve done a lot of reading and research. Everything seems so overwhelming at this point. I have no other family members with dementia so I’m hoping that helps. My dad is 85 and still fairly sharp. I am looking at making the dietary changes but it will be a huge change for me and I’m worried I won’t stick to it… I will find a practitioner that can support me but I think I’d also like to be part of studies out there. Very grateful to have found the group!!
Hello Amykwill and welcome to the forum!
I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I know you are frightened that you will share the same destiny, but I’d like to reassure you that there’s hope!
I am so glad you found us, because you don’t have to take this journey alone. Most people feel overwhelmed and frightened when they discover that they carry the APoE4 gene.
You may have read by now that genes are not your destiny. Not everybody with ApoE4 gets Alzheimer’s Disease. There is much you can do to lower your risk of developing Alzheimers.
One of the main purposes of this forum is to help each other make the best choices in lifestyle and diet so that our ApoE4 variant affects us less.
I know it’s overwhelming, but you don’t have to do everything at once- take your dietary and lifestyle changes in small steps, and your successes in these small steps will build momentum!
If you haven't seen it already, I encourage you to check out our primer
.This is a fantastic resource which explores areas such as the science behind the ApoE4 gene and the lifestyle factors that impact its expression. Our how-to guide
is another helpful resource on how to search for topics and how to subscribe to topics of interest and more. You can also check out threads that have been started by other members in their 50s in our stories
, and if you are comfortable, share your own.
Luckily, there are many individuals on this site that will be able to help you out with your questions.
Again, welcome! We are here to assist you, so please feel free to reach out any time!
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