Alzheimer's Family Case Study

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According to our textbook, while evaluating the family genetic history, attention to tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, obesity, blood disorders, breast/ovarian cancer, colon cancer, sickle-cell anemia, arthritis, allergies, drug addiction, mental illness, suicide, seizure disorder, kidney disease and tuberculosis is essential (Jarvis, 2016, p. 53). Of the diseases listed, the ones included in his family history include; coronary artery disease and hypertension. These diseases certainly are areas of concern as JK has the risk of developing them.
The adult participant JK has a very high risk of developing coronary artery disease like that of both his maternal grandfather and grandmother.
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While reviewing the risk factors for hyperthyroidism, according to the American Thyroid Association (2017), risk factors include; female between 40-60, recent pregnancy, autoimmune disease like that of type I diabetes, personal history of thyroid complications, diet high in iodine and family history of thyroid disease. The only risk factor that JK has would be the family history of his mother and 2 aunts with hyperthyroidism.
With JK’s paternal grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, JK does voice concern of developing this mind crippling disease. According to the National Institute on Aging (2016), risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease includes being over the age of 65 with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. Many studies and research have been performed, unfortunately, data has been inconsistent. JK’s only current risk would be his family history of his paternal grandmother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s
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By using the app, all major nutrients can be monitored; calories, fat, protein, carbs, fiber, cholesterol, sugar and more. JK can then gain insight into where his calories and nutrients are coming from so he can alter his diet and make healthier choices (My Fitness Pal, 2017). Medical studies reveal a consistent and significant positive relationship between self-monitoring diet, physical activity and weight with successful outcomes related to physical health (Burke, Wang & Sevick, 2011). With support and motivation from friends and family, JK will increase his opportunity for positive outcomes and met goals; such as maintaining his blood pressure around 120/80 and LDL cholesterol levels below 129
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