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Would you want to know? - Blood test to dedect Alzheimer's disease

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 Posted 7/9/2014 5:53:03 AM
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Currently there is no cure. Whould you want to know?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/blood-test-could-help-with-early-alzheimers-diagnosis/

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 Posted 7/9/2014 6:08:21 AM
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Yes, because there are some things that can help retard the disease's progress.

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 Posted 7/13/2014 3:11:22 AM
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Yes, agree with DDye. Early detection and prevention go hand in hand, imho. Looks like we are a long time to have a test in the clinical practice though. Early detection and prevention also for cancer, even there we do not have a cure due to the complexity and variety of forms.

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Even simpler, the eye test, looking at amyloid plaque through the retina.  Finding the related signs and treating them in early stages is really the best goal at this time.
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Welcome to the Forums, ATC.

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 Posted 7/18/2014 7:04:18 AM
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3 Part Question: 

What are the things one can do to possibly prevent or retard the disease process?

If said things don't have side effects shouldn't we all be doing them anyway regardless if we know or not?

Assuming one was already doing all said preventative things above would you wan't to know the "possible" inevitable? ( that was the direction of my original question)

Let me explain the last part...

For myself, I would want to partake in all the preventative; diet, lifestyle, supplemental activities,  but I would not want to know some possilbe faulty diagnosis early on in life because it may never come true when I'm old. So one worries all their young life about something that would never happen.  If I was doing everything known to prevent it I would not want to live with paralysis by analysis all my young life.

My only caveat to this would be if there were more agressive therapies one could do early on -- Therapies that one would not want to do as a daily preventatives, than I might want to know pre-symptomatic. But only after a considerable time of diligently practicing the daily preventatives to rule out their effectiveness.

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Yes, but if it was "some possilbe faulty diagnosis" then one wouldn't really "know" in this hypothetical proposition. Are you asking that if you were at risk, would you want to know, rather than if you were told you would eventually develop the disease or have the disease in its earliest stage, would you want to know?
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If what you mean by "at risk" is - One doesn't have the disease but one is doing things that "may" give them the disease if continued. Than no that's not what I meant, as I think most people would wan't to know their changeable risk factors, so they can change them.

My question pertains to the ladder of what you asked - If you were told that this test showed positive of developing the disease when you got old, given the fact that many such future predicting tests are not 100% accurate, and you had no risk factors, and you were living an anti-alzheimer's lifestyle (diet, exercise, supplements, blah, blah, blah) would you wan't to know the results of such a questionable prediction? 

Think about this or a moment. The reason why I ask is because it's not just a clear cut, yes, yes, YES!, as one might think. Given the above scenario, I think such a test would do nothing more than serve as fodder for the imagination, resulting in an anxious existence, that may never come true. 

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What was meant by "at risk" was submitted after looking at the article you referred to, which discussed a blood test that was 87% accurate. My first post was in reply to the subject heading.

Yes, would still want to know. New information concerning AD prevention or treatment is coming out every day, and some of the therapies don't work for late stage disease.


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What therapies are you rerreing to?

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