Genetic Alzheimer’s Risk Test
Did you know that there is a new test to detect your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease? Are you concerned that having a family history of Alzheimer’s means that you will get it too? Or is a loved one showing early signs of memory loss? If so, we can help with an Alzheimer's Risk Test.
The Alzheimer’s Risk Test is a non-invasive, genetic test that assesses the risk of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s disease. The test calculates an individual’s personal genetic risk from a saliva sample and analyzes a genoSCORE against specific variants in your DNA associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This state-of-the-art DNA profiling looks at over 100,000 genetic variations.
An easy-to-use saliva collection device enables a patient to provide a sample from the convenience of their home.
What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer's disease is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that affect the brain over time. Several genes have been identified that may be linked to the development of the disease.
The risk of developing Alzheimer's is also increased from smoking, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Research has shown that lifestyle changes can significantly slow the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
If you are interested in the Alzheimer’s Risk Test, schedule a virtual visit with a board-certified neurologist today.
About Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer's Disease is a type of dementia causing problems with memory loss and other cognitive abilities. Symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time due to a buildup of plaques made of the protein amyloid-beta. In the early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation. It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but two types of drugs are often prescribed to manage symptoms in early and moderate stages. They prevent the breakdown of a chemical messenger called acetylcholine, which plays an important role in learning and memory. Other medications may be used to treat related symptoms, such as depression, irritability, or anxiety. Following a heart-healthy diet, exercising, remaining socially engaged, and getting adequate sleep are also important in managing Alzheimer’s disease.