Category «Alzheimer’s»

Alzheimer’s and Light at Night: Taking action to prevent this disease (Patrons only)

With the advent of consumer genetic testing from 23andMe, AncestryDNA, etc, it is now easy to know if you are at a higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Those with APOE ε3 are at a normal risk for Alzheimer’s, and those who carry an APOE ε4 allele (or two) are at an increased risk.  …

Building Up Iron: Check your genes to see how iron affects your health

Hemochromatosis is a fairly common genetic disease that causes iron to build up in the body. Knowing that you carry the genetic variants for hemochromatosis can literally add years to your life since you can prevent the buildup of iron through giving blood. This is a personal cause for me, and getting the word out …

SOD1: Genetic Variants in Our Antioxidant Defense System

Superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) is the gene that codes for the copper-zinc superoxide dismutase enzymes which help protect against oxidative stress and detoxify reactive oxygen species. Three types of superoxide dismutases are part of our built-in antioxidant system:  SOD1, found in the cytosol or fluid in cells; SOD2, a mitochondrial antioxidant; and SOD3, which is …

Alzheimer’s and APOE type

One very important gene that has been researched in association with Alzheimer’s disease is the APOE gene, which is involved in carrying cholesterol and other fats in your bloodstream. Late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (after age 60) is thought to be influenced both by genes and by environmental factors, so keep in mind when looking at your …