While the thought of finding out if you’re going to get Alzheimer’s can feel incredibly scary, it’s actually the single most important thing you can do to help reduce your risk and protect your cognitive health.
In case you need a little more convincing than that, here are our top three reasons why it’s important to have your genes tested for Alzheimer’s:
Testing Can Help Protect You and Your Family
Did you know that the single biggest risk factor for getting Alzheimer’s disease is the genetic mutation APOE4?
This means that if someone in your family has Alzheimer’s then they are likely to have the APOE4 gene. It also means that you, your siblings, your children, and other family members may have a chance of inheriting it too. For example, if your mum or dad have the APOE4 gene, you will have a 50% chance of inheriting it and if they have two copies of APOE4, you will have 100% chance of inheriting it.
By getting tested you can be more informed about the future of your family’s health and be in a better position to proactively do something about it.
Knowing Can Change Your Life For The Better
Research very clearly shows us that it is what you do in the 20 – 30 years before any symptoms appear that truly matters. By testing and being aware of your risk level you can then adopt a coordinated lifestyle approach that will help you manage your risk and protect your cognitive health and memory for years to come.
Testing Can Give You Access to Help and Support
Managing Alzheimer’s is not something anyone should ever have to face alone. At iDNA Health we are committed to continuously supporting, guiding and informing those who test positively for APOE4 to ensure they have the best chance possible of decreasing their risk. We have developed our own Cognition and Alzheimer’s program, which incorporates all of the latest research and is available to anyone that needs it.
If you’re interested in finding out more about getting genetically tested for APOE4, please call us for a free 15 minute phone consultation. Call on 1 300 464 362 or send us an email and we will call you.