By DFK | February 12, 2013 at 09:12 AM EST | 28 comments
Alzheimer's Disease - The neurodegenerative disease that leads to a loss in the ability to function, even at the simplest level. Would you want to know if you were at a relative increased risk of the disease? Would you want your children to know? After all, you pass your genetic information on to them.
What if your health insurer found out that you had an increased risk? There are some legal protections in place to help prevent discrimination. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) protects individuals from discrimination based on genetics by employers and health insurers.
Here is what JES found:
Alzheimer's Disease JES risk 14.2% Average risk 7.2% 1.98x
JES has one copy of the ε4 variant, which imparts an increased risk. This genetic information, like all genetic information and unlike most laboratory data will not change over a person's lifetime. Whether talking about disease or a response to a drug. Your genetic information does not change over a lifetime. If you have the ε4 it will not go away.
Consider the questions above questions. Personally, this would be a difficult one to answer.