“Ronald Reagan’s well documented final battles with Alzheimer’s disease were fought with the same conviction and courage that his many public battles were fought.” ~ Bill Jenkins
Will You Get Alzheimer’s if Your Parents Have It?
If Alzheimer’s runs in the family, are you bound to get it?
Do all diseases pass down from generation to generation?
Though some do, and some are more likely to get a disease if their parents had it, not all diseases are the same. There can be a stop.
When it comes to Alzheimer’s, the question is, “If my parents have it, will I get it?”
We will look at the answer below, but it should uplift your spirits to know that this is not necessarily the case.
Today, you can prevent, slow, or eliminate it based on your lifestyle choices and decisions!
Inheriting the Same Genes Does Not Equal Certainty
It is essential to know that if you inherit the same gene associated with Alzheimer’s, you are not bound by the cards you have been dealt.
There is no certainty that you have to live with the consequences of what could happen.
The National Institute on Aging (NIH) states, “having a parent with Alzheimer’s does not always mean that someone will develop it.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “We all inherit a copy of some form of APOE from each parent. Those who inherit one copy of APOE-e4 from their mother or father have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Those who inherit two copies from their mother and father have an even higher risk, but not a certainty.”
Just because someone has the gene does not mean they are determined to inherit the effects of the gene. Lifestyle decisions are critical in determining whether or not the gene takes over in its complete form.
Dr. Adilia Kreps of Tiger Medical Institute spoke on how an “estimated 80% of our long-term health relates to our lifestyle, including our cognitive health.” For additional insight, see her article How Do You Stop Alzheimer’s Before It Starts?.
Our Lifestyle Choices Play A Significant Role In The Potential of Getting Alzheimer’s
It has been revealed that “Alzheimer’s is a multifactorial illness, with contributors (such as stress, poor sleep, environmental exposures, diet, and movement) that all play a role in its progression.” See our article, Is Alzheimer’s Genetic or Hereditary?, for a more comprehensive read.
The sleep we get, the amount of stress we allow ourselves to be under, our environment, diet, food choices, movement, exercise, and overall lifestyle affects whether or not the gene will take its full manifestation.
We can slow, reduce, or prevent Alzheimer’s from taking over.
The question is, are we prepared to do the work to avoid what could occur later?
Next Steps in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
The most significant factor of getting Alzheimer’s and having the disease pertains mainly to part of the lifestyle decisions we choose to make today.
You have what it takes inside you to make a definite choice that will change the future trajectory of your health.
Our team at Tiger Medical has the experience, clinical skills, and coaching acumen to help you prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.
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