New research being conducted is aiming to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease in patients. Most people receive symptoms in their 60s and 70s, very few receive them in their 50s, 40s, and 30s.
Click 2 Houston reports that Marty Reiswig, husband, and father of two, believes in making the best of every day.
He and his now wife, Jaclyn, attended a family reunion when they were dating. There were no relatives there over sixty, and Marty noticed something with his uncle was not right. He warned Jaclyn about what might happen to him and gave her the option to leave. However, she said, "I'd rather have 30 good years with you than a lifetime with anybody else."
Dr. Eric McDade, a neurologist who studies Alzheimer's disease, is focused on three genes. He explains that when the genes are passed they are passed "in a way that each generation from somebody who has the gene has a 50-50 chance of getting the gene defect."
Marty Reiswig's father started showing signs at 52 years old. For now, Marty has decided not to know the outcome of his genetic testing.
The recent treatment of Alzheimer's disease aims to "attack different forms of the amyloid protein associated with Alzheimer's."
Marty hopes this study will give him five to ten more years in good health. He and his brother are both receiving test treatment.