If a member of your family is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you are naturally concerned, in the first instance, about the person affected by this disease. Later, however, other concerns will often also start to play on your mind. Is it hereditary? Will I get it too? Can I do anything to reduce the risk?
At iGene we deal with heredity and prevention on a daily basis and help you find answers to these kinds of questions.
Alzheimer’s is an incurable brain disorder in which the cells in certain parts of the brain cease to function and die. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 70% of cases. Often it starts slowly and manifests itself in the form of memory problems. Researchers think that protein aggregation in the nerve cells of the brain is the cause of Alzheimer’s.
Genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s
Your personal risk of Alzheimer’s depends on various factors. One of these is your DNA, but environmental factors and lifestyle also play a role, for example. To make a statement about your genetic predisposition, we examine mutations (changes or errors) in your DNA.
Scientists are finding out more and more about ways to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. That means you can take steps yourself to prevent Alzheimer’s. iGene can help by sharing relevant scientific information with you directly in your iGene Passport.
Want to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s?
An iGene Passport allows you to see straight away whether you have an increased or reduced risk of a large number of hereditary conditions, including Alzheimer’s. If it becomes apparent that you are at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, you will also receive targeted information on how to reduce this risk. That does not mean you will never get Alzheimer’s, but you can take active steps that may help prevent it.
A healthy lifestyle thanks to your iGene Passport
For as long as your iGene Passport is active you will continue to receive information based on the latest scientific insights. That means that if important discoveries are made in the future that will help you take even more effective steps to prevent Alzheimer’s, you will be able to benefit from them straight away.