Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia Panel

 

Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Dementia are neurological diseases that affect the spinal cord and brain. Some of the symptoms of PD, AD, and Dementia include memory loss, confusion, and depression. Parkinson’s disease can cause a variety of problems, including difficulties with movement, tremors in the hands and limbs, memory loss, and mental functioning (such as solving problems or controlling emotions). As we age, we can develop conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. While some of these diseases are caused by abnormal changes in our genes, abnormal changes to our genes can sometimes be inherited from parents. Studies suggest people with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, or a similar condition may have a higher likelihood of developing that condition. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia have no cure, but medications are available to temporarily relieve symptoms.

Genetic testing can help doctors identify people who have a higher risk of certain diseases and plan for the best treatment. This test is appropriate for people who have experienced any of the following symptoms: abnormal imaging of the brain, difficulty moving or controlling one’s body, intellectual abilities that interfere with daily life. It can also causes changes in mood, behavior, language skills, and the ability to perform tasks such as shopping and driving.

Genetic testing for Alzheimers, Dementia and Parkinsons is done by easily swabbing of the inside of your cheek, with results typically coming in within 2 to 4 weeks.

 

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