A new study found that participants who were told they were at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s but who also were told about their increased risk for heart disease had less anxiety and distress than control patients, who were told only about their Alzheimer’s risk. Participants who were told about their heart disease risk may have felt empowered to make changes about a disease that they could prevent, the researchers say.
Providing genetic testing results carries risks, however, including depression and anxiety. Many experts advise against widespread genetic testing for Alzheimer’s at this time for these reasons.
There is no right answer, and each individual has their own perspective on the issue…what would you decide to do?
To learn more about this recent study and how a two-drug combination may ease the agitation of Alzheimer’s, read these expert-reviewed articles.
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