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Is Alzheimers hereditary
I wonder if this can be true. My mother had this and I recall when she was my age, which is 40 she forgot things often. I am pretty forgetful too and always have been. I try to joke and say I'm having a blond moment, but sometimes it really bothers me. I don't forget major things, but more like forgetting when someone told me a story about something and losing things. I lose my glasses, packs of gums, grocery lists. I swear it seems like there are gremlins living with me.
Although there are various causes for Alzheimer's disease, genetics also play a role in its development. The explanation I read was pretty technical (something to do with chromosomes and metabolism). You might want to consult your doctor to ask further information about it. It might also be that you're just really forgetful. I know a lot of people who are like that but don't have someone who has Alzheimer's in their family tree.
Janine, hello I also have a grandmother who suffers with Alzheimer's and I worked in A nursing home for some time and had to take classes to be trained on this subject. Our genes is the main cause known thus far to one getting Alzheimer's disease...other exact causes are unknown. I would say depending on your age you should be checked by a doctor to see if you truly have it or not. This condition is not one to play around with and you surley will need to know if you are in the early stages or not. Good luck to you :)
When AD is suspected, the diagnosis is usually confirmed with tests that evaluate behavior and thinking abilities, often followed by a brain scan if available... In many independent living centers and assisted living centers many have been tested and this diseases has been found in them. Although Alzheimer's disease develops differently for every individual, there are many common symptoms.Early symptoms are often mistakenly thought to be 'age-related' concerns, or manifestations of stress. In the early stages, the most common symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events.
Genetics does play a role, but this genetic predisposition needs to be exposed by the environment. Many people have a family history of Alzheimer's disease yet they do not suffer from it themselves, it is not a predetermined destiny.
I have often wondered about this myself, not sure if it was genetic or not. I appreciate everyone's comments on this subject. :)
We have Alzheimers in my family - although quite a distant link now as it was my great-grandfather who was diagnosed with the condition. As far as I know there has been nobody else and while I was always under the impression that genetics played a part - as someone else mentioned, I think environment is important too.
I do beleve that heredity plays a strong part in the health issues we face. My brother-in-law suffers with dementia, he is doing better with a new medicine. He has an uncle, who has dementia as well, so I do think it runs in the family I was readibg an article by a Dr. Blaylock on brain diseases, and he recommended among other things, that a daily dose of Cod Liver Oil and Vitamin D could help offset dementia onset.
One other thing to help the memory, before you get out of bed in the morning, hang your head over the side of the bed, without falling out of bed and allow the blood to flow into your brain, for as long as you can stand it. This stimulates the brain and enhances the memory.

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