This week, the Alzheimer’s Association announced a plan to make gene sequencing data available to dementia researchers around the globe. Meanwhile, a new study shows that when people know their genetic risk of Alzheimer’s, many take positive steps to improve their mental and physical health.
Patients who have two copies of the APOe4 gene marker have the greatest risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Perhaps surprisingly, though there is no cure for dementia, patients who knew they carried APOe4 were not measurably more depressed or anxious than non-carriers after a one-year follow-up. In fact, many turned over a new leaf.
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