Does the Threat of Alzheimer's Start Early?

Although the damage Alzheimer's disease does to your brain kicks in years before the symptoms become apparent, scientists hadn't yet established an accurate timeline. Based on a study of more than 175 healthy adults, the evidence begins to accumulate at age 50 or sooner for patients who were genetically prone to Alzheimer's.

And, for some, the lack of protein in spinal fluid and the presence of the APOE-4 genotype may mean an internal decline that begins in early adulthood. Protein levels among patients without the gene, however, fell more slowly as they aged.

Considering roughly a fourth of the population has that genetic marker for Alzheimer's and new cases of dementia occur every seven seconds, there's no better time than the present to take steps to prevent it like the ones I discussed earlier this year.

One easy step you can make right away to beat Alzheimer's and all sorts of health conditions: Take a high-quality krill oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, daily.

Archives of Neurology, Vol. 63, No. 7, July 2006: 936-939

Seattle Times July 11, 2006

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