Friday, August 10, 2018
Kaiser Health News ran a story How Soon Is Soon Enough To Learn You Have Alzheimer’s? Do you want to know, or instead think just it's age-related memory loss?
The prospect of having Alzheimer’s can be so scary, and the current treatment options so few, that many people dismiss memory problems or other symptoms rather than investigate them, say Alzheimer’s specialists; it’s estimated that as many as half of all cases aren’t diagnosed.
But that may soon change. Researchers are making progress in measuring beta-amyloid and other Alzheimer’s biomarkers in blood that might eventually be able to reliably, inexpensively and non-invasively identify the disease years before cognitive symptoms develop.
Despite the scariness of the diagnosis, the article notes good reasons for early diagnosis, including discovering the underlying cause is a treatable condition, saving money "in terms of health costs and long-term care costs over the course of their lifetime," the time to plan for incapacity and "[r]esearchers hope that by getting more Alzheimer’s patients diagnosed early on, more people with the disease will, like Jose, be able to make the best of the health they have."