A team of researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified that a simple blood test, couple with brief memory tests, showed who will develop Alzheimer’s disease in the future (within 2-6 years) with a high degree of accuracy (90%). “We show for the first time that a time- and cost-effective diagnostic algorithm clearly outperforms the clinical work-up typically done today when it comes to predicting Alzheimer’s dementia,” said Oskar Hansson, MD, PhD.
The bigger question is would you want to know? It is a difficult disease with no known cure. The debilitating nature of the disease frightens most adults however, not sure if everyone would want the option of knowing. Something to think about as we age, is there a family history, are you showing symptoms of memory loss or confusion, do simple tasks seem harder now? If you are experiencing any signs of cognitive decline, seek medical attention; it could be as simple as a UTI! Don’t wait, take care of yourself!
Stay informed, stay well, and stay tuned!