Test could identify those most at risk of Alzheimer’s
- July 27, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Dementia
Research suggests that a genetic test could identify who is at most at risk of Alzheimer’s disease when they are just 35 years old.
Scientists are developing a method of predicting people that are more likely to develop dementia, decades before any of the symptoms even emerge.
There are currently no treatments for dementia and most medicines in development aim at slowing down symptoms, but identifying those at risk at early stage could prove crucial.
People at high risk could make lifestyle changes, such as exercising more regularly and eating more healthily in order to slow down symptoms in the future.
Tests, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital, involve combining all gene variants that are currently known to raise the risk of Alzheimer’s.
When looking at people with mild cognitive impairment, scientists discovered that the higher people scored on the genetic test, the more likely they were to go onto develop dementia.