The role of lifestyle intervention in the high risk patient

Laura Baker, PhD from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC explains how lifestyle intervention fits in with all the focus and progress on finding markers to identify those who are at risk. People identified as high risk for Alzheimer’s disease by these new effective tests then go on living knowing what is to come. There is very little to offer them in terms of treatment. Dr Baker believes that knowing risk status will give patients motivation to do something about their health. Lifestyle changes are difficult to implement. However, knowing that you are at risk for a potentially very serious condition will hopefully drive these patients to adopting a new lifestyle.

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