Would you want to know if you were going to get Alzheimer’s disease?
Researchers are working on a blood test that will indicate whether a person will get Alzheimer’s Disease. They say it may work as far as ten years ahead.
After reading this article, I keep asking myself if I would want to know. Would you? My first reaction was YES, I want to know, but I can see the cons mentioned in the article.
On the pro side you would have the ability to take all the steps possible to either stop the disease or slow it. Exercise, diet, brain work outs, all of it might help, though if the test confirms it, I don’t know if you would be able to reverse it. You would also have plenty of time to get your financial situation in order, choose who would have power of attorney, look into long term care options, and record any memories you would want to share with your family.
On the con side however, there are serious issues. Seeing how long the process of Alzheimer’s is, it would be easy to become alarmed anytime you forget anything. Some of that is normal aging, but it wouldn’t seem that way if you knew it was coming. You would basically be afraid at every potential sign you see.
Suicide risk would also greatly increase. How many would take their lives, perhaps needlessly, out of fear. It’s possible they would take that step before they even have the disease.
I admit, I still lean on the knowing side. It’s true I would live my life differently if I knew it was coming. But I’m not sure that would be a bad thing.
As the 6th leading cause of death, more research should be committed to Alzheimer’s. The numbers are expected to increase greatly soon. Hopefully by the time we reach that stage there will be a treatment or a cure.
To read more about it here: http://jaquo.com/alzheimers-would-you-want-to-know-you-were-getting-this-disease/