The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease has several components. Firstly, depending on your
genes, you may have been born with a higher or lower risk of developing the disease. This genetic
risk remains constant, but as we get older our overall risk increases. This is because various other
factors can also contribute to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and how it progresses.
Fortunately, your genetic risk can be evaluated using an Alzheimer’s Risk Test, and there are many
positive lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your overall risk and potentially delay the
onset of symptoms and slow disease progression.
Talk to your physician about a program that could help you. Only your physician can order the
Alzheimer’s Risk Test for you.
If you have cognitive concerns, there is a new genetic test, the Alzheimer’s Risk Test, available
through your physician, which can provide insight into your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease
in the future. With this knowledge you and your physician can discuss the actions that can be
taken to mitigate the risks of onset and development of Alzheimer’s disease.
WHAT IS THE ALZHEIMER’S RISK TEST?
The Alzheimer’s Risk Test will show your genetic risk of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s
disease. It only requires a saliva sample, is very convenient and simple to use, allowing individuals
to provide a sample from home if required. The Alzheimer’s Risk Test makes a broad analysis of
your genetics, assessing over 100,000 genetic variations that are associated with, or protective
against, the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The test then provides a single score – based on
your unique genetics – that shows your risk compared to the wider population. The test will also
report on APOE status – a known risk factor in Alzheimer’s.
HOW CAN YOU GET TESTED?
The Alzheimer’s Risk Test is only available through your physician. If they agree that you are
suitable for the test, they will be able to order it on your behalf. The test is not currently covered
by national healthcare systems or insurance providers, so patients will need to pay for the test
either directly, or through a physician.
ADDITIONAL READING, INFORMATION AND REFERENCES
Should you be interested in understanding more about Alzheimer’s disease, actions that can be
taken, and the risk of developing the disease, there are many resources available. For further
information please visit the website www.alzheimers-risk-test.com