Skip to comments.Blood test that can predict Alzheimer's: Elderly could be given early warning
Posted on 03/09/2014 9:18:45 PM PDT by neverdem
The simple blood test could give early warning within three years
The test could speed the search for new drugs that delay or prevent disease
Experts are pleased, but it could bring health concerns if no cure is found
A simple blood test has been developed that gives healthy elderly people precious early warning they may get Alzheimers within the next three years.
It is hoped the test, the first to predict accurately who will become ill, could speed the search for new drugs that can delay or even prevent the devastating brain disease.
It could eventually lead to widespread screening in middle-age to identify those most at risk and give them greater warning...
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Zeke sez: “Won’t work over here. Death panels are cheaper.”
What this test will result in, is not a quick cure.
It will result in people being unable to obtain insurance.
My days and mind are filled with Alzheimer’s Disease, as both my parents have it.
I disagree that prevention would be much helped by a three year head’s up. There is a very good chance that that isn’t long enough to do serious prevention. And those three years might be fraught with anxiety.
Until each year when my parents first exhibited problems they could no longer hide, each seemed perfectly normal, happy, living full, rich lives. It would have been nothing but cruel to take those three joyful years away from them, even if it made them focus on their diets or exercise, or study about the disease. Truly, there would have existed a fear they did not, actually, have to feel. I’m glad they didn’t know.
First, come up with solid long term prevention. Then test for who will get it. I am sort of in the position of focusing on prevention, quite obviously, but that doesn’t mean I want to know today about my future.
Yes, I know about acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and glutamate antagonists.
I have 2 uncles. One was a brilliant electrical engineer who worked directly for the Navy then later as a consultant to the Navy. Now he’s lucky to know who his wife is. He is late 80s. As one person said, he’s forgotten more than most of the rest of us will never know.
His brother just turned 90 and totally lucid. You’d NEVER know he is 90! Still lives alone, still drives sometimes. Amazing.
And then their sister, my mother. She is amazing - has had a great memory all her life. Starting to repeat herself now but nothing like Alzheimers.
You just never know.
My mom is 97 and just started medication.
At that age is is very difficult to distinguish Alzheimers from a normal aging process (brain scans aren’t reliable). Perhaps the plasma phospholipid test would be useful in doing so.
Not from an exchange if under 65 or from Medicare.
Just means a 3 year earlier trip to the Soylent Green factory.
I’m hoping green veggie juice and red wine save me.
At least it keeps me fairly happy!
It's just like registering your guns so the State can come and seize them. Seniors stupid enough to fall for this are signing their death warrants, as you say.
Does that mean marijuana juice? I'll have to look into that.
From all I have read, daily cardio exercise is your best prevention for Alzheimers and many other things. Increase your circulation as much as you can.
is marijuana a veggie? LOL
it really means my Joe’s mean green juice - as seen in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
Actually I’m having some right now - hope it doesn’t keep me up half the night...
May the Good Lord help you in your trials and bring comfort to your parents.
I’ve read so much about alzheimers. Yet I can’t find something in my parents’ lives that for sure played a part. My dad was thin and fit and my mom was more sedentary and overweight. They traveled, they read a lot, they were very smart.
Might be diet or exposure to chemicals. I don’t know.
I’ve already signed up Harry Reid, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Diane Feinstein, and just about any Democrat politician whose name I could remember.
Tests: just confirming what we know. Zombies!
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I watched that video, interesting. I’ve heard that the rise in Alzheimer’s is partly due to lack of cholesterol in the diet and all the statin drugs.
I can find links (Science Daily) to show the opposite. The brain needs cholesterol to function.
Substantial evidence has accumulated in support of the hypothesis that elevated cholesterol levels increase the risk of developing Alzheimers disease (AD). As a result, much work has been done investigating the potential use of lipid-lowering agents (LLAs), particularly statins, as preventive or therapeutic agents for AD. While epidemiology and preclinical statin research (described in Part 1 of this review) have generally supported an adverse role of high cholesterol regarding AD, human studies of statins (reviewed here) show highly variable outcomes, making it difficult to draw firm conclusions.
Plenty of cholesterol is available to the CNS even with a max dosage of statins!
We haven't seen the final word on these studies, though.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you for what you’re dealing with.I think you’ve got it exactly right: no testing for Alzheimer’s until there’s an effective treatment or path to prevention.
Just in time for Obama’s Death Panels to deny you coverage for any subsequent illness:
“Tests indicate a 85% chance of dementia for patient. Coverage for cancer treatment is denied.”
The jury is out, guess one has to research and draw their own conclusions.
There has been a test in Nuclear Medicine that can find Alzheimer’s at an early stage and has been for years. However, Medicare refuses to fund it since there’s no cure for it.
In other words, why look for it if there’s nothing we can do about it?
I’d advise those with a family history to pay for the test out of pocket. You might not be able to do anything about the disease itself, but at least it can be helpful in planning your life.
By the way, do it under a fake name. This way, the insurance companies won’t find out.
Thanks for your perspective. I also would be hesitant to tell someone that was my prediction for them. Some would bring the disease on faster just by stressing over it. A self fullfilling prophecy.
That’s what I think; good circulation maintains a better level of health. Condolezza Rice said her fathers health plummeted when he stopped working out or exercising following the death of his wife.
One of my uncles (70) was recently tested. He’s clear but he had planned to kill himself if the results said he would get alzheiemrs. My youngest uncle is 63 and is in an advanced stage in a nursing home.
We will have long forgotten about this drug by the time the FDA allows it’s use.