If you could take a test that would predict whether or not you would get Alzheimer’s disease, would you take it? You might face that choice in a few years.
Dr. Howard Federoff at Georgetown University thinks his team has come up with exactly that kind of test.
“We sought to predict who in the next several years will develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease and that is exactly what we’ve found,” Federoff said. “We may be able to test for the first time whether or not disease modifying therapies might be able to delay developing the disease.
It's a simple blood test that ties low levels of lipids to the disease that has no cure. KTRH medical expert Dr. Joe Galati says it might turn out to be a good thing.
"This is preliminary research but anytime we can find out earlier about a disease it’s going to be beneficial,” Galati said. “It’s a breakthrough in trying to find out early and whether or not there are some lifestyle and nutritional changes can be made. Those are good.”
But he also has reservations.
“Do you want to find out when you’re 40-years old and in the prime of your life that you have a potentially life threatening disease?” Galati asked. “Is this something we want to know? What’s the impact on your health insurance? If your carrier finds out you could develop the disease will we get into insurance and financial issues?
While this test might very well be a breakthrough, you're years away from being able to get this test at your doctor's office.