Are women more prone to Alzheimer’s?
Statistics show that female brains age slower than men’s. To be precise women’s brains appear to be 3.8 years younger than the brains of men. Researchers have the ability to assess the metabolism of the brain to determine how fast it metabolizes and converts glucose from food into fuel, which determines the brain’s age. The leading question from this is: Are women less likely to be subject to varied reactions to environmental, lifestyle and genetics and can these factors influence the vulnerability of the brain to neurodegenerative disease?’
Despite the slower rate of aging for the female brain, women are actually at an increased chance of Alzheimer’s disease, which is a neurodegenerative disease. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School found evidence that more toxic proteins are found in female Alzheimer’s patients than men. Researchers also found that in women and men with comparable levels of amyloid plaque, women are more likely to have more tau, a protein that forms tangles in Alzheimer’s. This suggests that there are biological underpinnings for sex differences in Alzheimer’s disease risk.
Women’s youthful brains seem to hit a roadblock when menopause approaches. When women enter menopause, they encounter a lowering of estrogen, which removes a protective effect on the brain. This effect catches the female brains up to the age of their male counterpart; even worse it is suspected that this causes the increased chances of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s in women. Two out of three Americans with the disease are women, which is why the condition is considered a women disease.
So what can women do to prevent this disease you might ask?
Dr. Marie Pasinki of Harvard Medical School and Neurologist at Massachusetts General’s Institute for Brain Health recommends focusing on things that you can control that lead to better brain health. Focusing on physical health is most important. Dr. Pasinski says there are six modifiable risk factors you can control such as:mid-life obesity
If you are subject to any of those conditions, it is in your best interest to seek medical treatment to get them under control. If you are a WorldCare member and you have been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease and you would like a medical second opinion, contact WorldCare today.