Mar 26, 2009

Terry Moran's Alzheimer's Test Results

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I have been checking ABC News to see if they were going to do a follow up from last night's Nightline report on Alzheimer's. The report--Facing Alzheimer's: A Personal Story included the results of Terry Moran's genetics test to determine his genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's disease. Since they don't seem to be following this up, and since people are asking about the results all over the Internet, I thought I would post some information.

The test showed that Terry had a 19 percent predisposition to Alzheimer's disease. This is a statistical probability, it doesn't mean that Terry is going to suffer from Alzheimer's in the future. However, to put this in perspective--the average for men is nine percent. Terry is thinking about putting his life in order, and has made it clear he intends to fight. For this , and for bringing the issue of testing for predisposition to Alzheimer's disease into the public awareness he should be admired.

As some of you know, I worked on the start up financing for Myriad Genetics. Myriad has a test that tests women for their predispostion to breast cancer. Myriad has been doing this testing for a long time, and the testing is growing.

My point here is simple and straightforward--many people want to know if they are predisposed so they can do everything possible to ward of the disease and control their own fate. With Alzheimer's there are things you can be doing to delay the onset of the disease. I have written about these repeatedly here.

As I was thinking about this issue I was reminded of Magic Johnson. He announced in public that he was HIV positive. At the time, HIV was considered to be a death sentence. Magic made his announcement 18 years ago. He is still living a healthy and productive life.

I have seen Magic Johnson interviewed on this issue many times. Magic decided to do every thing he could to stave off his disease.

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Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,300 articles with more than 9,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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