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Rreyn1 wrote: Wed May 10, 2023 10:29 am I have not done genetic testing but am considering it. ...What are the ramifications of this knowledge...
Welcome to our community. For me, knowledge was life-changing for the positive because research is learning more and more every day and rather than being a "sitting duck" I feel I have some control over my health. But knowledge of APOE status is different in others.

We happen to have a write up that you should probably visit. Thinking About Testing?

I hope you make the decision that is right for you. Best to you.
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Rreyn1 wrote: Wed May 10, 2023 10:29 am Hello. I am new here and have a question. I am not sure how to ask it or if there are things I should have been able to find here and somehow missed. I have not done genetic testing but am considering it. My mother (who I care for) has Alzheimer’s as did her brother and her mother. I am beginning to work toward the Bredesen protocol as I feel this might be my only hope. What are the ramifications of this knowledge other than it letting me be more committed to pro-activity? Do you know if you are required to divulge the info to insurance companies or any other unforeseen drawbacks to having this knowledge? Thank you in advance for any help you can give.
Welcome to our forums, Rreyn1!

Thank you so much for being here and sharing your story with us!
Since you are new here, I would love to share a few tools/resources to make your experience more enjoyable.
The Primer is a detailed and informative resource written by a practicing M.D. with ApoE4/4. It includes information about the biochemistry of the ApoE4 gene and offers a variety of research-based prevention strategies.

Some helpful tips to navigate the site include the How-To Guide. It includes topics such as navigating the forum, private messaging, and searching.

If you are interested in learning more about other members check out Our Stories.
Two more tips to improve your experience here:
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To answer your question about testing, there is a very helpful page on our site Thinking About Testing? that you may find very informative and it may help you make a decision, including insurance concerns. I am sure that on our forums here you will find members who have been in similar situations.

Also, so sorry to hear about your mom going through this, but it's so good that she has you taking care of her. Having said that, being a caregiver is a stressful job, so hopefully you are taking care of yourself and have support. It is great that you are working on prevention and applying the Bredesen protocol. I know there are lots of pieces to that protocol and it can get overwhelming but even just taking small steps daily can add up in the end. This community is always here for you as well if you have any more questions.

Again, thank you for connecting with us here on the site and please do not hesitate to reach out.


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