Changes to the brain can occur years and even decades before Alzheimer’s disease symptoms begin to show. However, there is a test you can take that can assess your genetic risk of developing Alzheimer’s in later life. With knowledge of your personal risk of developing the disease, you can make the lifestyle changes that could have a significant effect in reducing your risks.
It’s estimated that 75% of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease across the globe are undiagnosed [World Alzheimer’s Report 2021]. Most people don’t think about their likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease until possible early symptoms set in, but the damage to the brain begins years or even decades prior. The risk of Alzheimer’s disease can be reduced and the onset avoided or at least delayed by implementing the right measures:
In some ways your brain is like a muscle – without exercise its performance can deteriorate. One simple activity, that has the potential to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and doesn’t require big lifestyle changes, is ensuring you challenge your mind. This can be as simple as solving a crossword or a sudoku every day - or if you want to challenge yourself even further learn a new skill or language. It is never too late to start taking actions to lower the risks. Keeping your brain active is thought to build reserves of healthy brain cells and the connections between them, which could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Take control of your health - by exercising you can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 45% [alzheimers.org.uk]. The impact of smoking is also significant, with studies showing that
smokers are 40% more likely to develop the disease [Alzheimer’s Research UK].
Type 2 diabetes as well as high cholesterol and blood pressure in mid-life all greatly impact the brain’s function and therefore are important factors in managing cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s. So essentially, what is good for the body is good for the brain and it is considered that heart-healthy lifestyles help minimize the risks of Alzheimer’s disease [alz.org].
There are many variations in your genetics that can influence your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Though the presence of certain genetic variations do not necessarily directly cause the disease, having an understanding of your genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease, enables you to take preventative steps that could avoid or at least significantly delay cognitive decline.
The genoSCORE powered Alzheimer’s Risk Test can assess your genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease through analyzing your genetics generated from over 100,000 genetic variations associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This will help you and your physician understand your risk of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s disease so you can make an action plan to reduce your risk and avoid or delay the onset of symptoms.
If you have questions about how the genoSCORE powered Alzheimer’s Risk Test works, visit our FAQs page here.