I’ve seen smart folks do dumb things because of a DNA test.
I’ve got a cousin who blew most of his savings on a “bucket list” journey after one of those screenings left him absolutely convinced he would get Alzheimer’s disease.
He tested positive for a genetic mutation that can supposedly quadruple the risk of the disease. When he felt the insides of his coconut going soft, he decided there wasn’t much time left.
Well, years later he’s still around… and he still doesn’t have Alzheimer’s disease!
I’m not going to tell you how to spend your time or money. But if you test positive for this gene yourself and plan to tick off some “bucket list” items, make one of them a dream fishing trip to Alaska.
It won’t just give you the memories of a lifetime.
It could help PROTECT and PRESERVE your lifetime of memories, ESPECIALLY if you’re facing a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
A stunning new study finds high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease in folks who carry the APOE-4 gene.
That’s a gene that can dramatically increase the risk of the disease by anywhere from double to 12 times.
If you find you have it, don’t be like my cousin and panic – because some 20 percent of all Americans are walking around with this gene.
Since 20 percent of us don’t develop dementia, it’s proof that this gene doesn’t mean your fate is sealed.
Boosting your omega-3 levels – especially your levels of DHA – could be one of the keys, according to the new review of 21 studies.
Timing, of course, is everything: The researchers behind the new study say this seems to work best if you start early, especially if you’re in the “pre-dementia” phase of Alzheimer’s.
That’s when you don’t have the disease yet, but some of the warning signs are there – including the earliest hints of memory loss and other cognitive problems.
If you start showing those symptoms yourself, don’t wait – because the study finds omega-3s don’t seem to make much difference at all in folks who already have full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.
So, get started now, especially if you know you’re at risk.
Obviously, you don’t have to take a dream cruise to Alaska to get your hands on some fatty fish.
But you DO want that fish – or at least the omega-3s inside them – and wild-caught Alaska salmon is one of the best sources of those healthy fats.
The study finds some of the benefits kick in with as little as a single serving of fish per week.
But you might do better to get even higher levels, especially if you take a high-quality fish oil supplement.