As the largest resource of information specific to women's brain health, we are sure you will find what you are looking for, and promise that you will discover new information.
Published on: January 4, 2015
by Gary Small, MD for NewsMax:
Two-thirds of Alzheimer’s victims are women — an increased risk that has been attributed to their longer life expectancy.
After all, age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, and the average American woman can expect to live to age 81, while men, on average live to age 76.
Scientists are now pointing to other factors to explain the risk difference between sexes.
For example, lower educational achievement increases risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and many of today’s older women did not have the opportunity to pursue a college education and obtain stimulating jobs that might have better protected their brain health.
Other research points to biological differences. Dr. Michael Greicius and his colleagues at Stanford School of Medicine have shown that the APOE-4 genetic risk for Alzheimer’s exerts its effect in women and not men.
Recent research shows that this gene appears to interact with estrogen in a way that predisposes the brain to Alzheimer’s disease.
Following menopause, a woman’s estrogen levels decline dramatically, which makes it harder for the brain to use energy from glucose. Studies of estrogen replacement indicate mixed results depending on the timing of its use.
Estrogen replacement within five years of menopause appears to protect the brain; taking estrogen more than five years later does not affect risk. Also, women have a greater risk for depression than men, and depression is another major risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
It is a devastating omission that may have undercut years of work by brilliant researchers from around the world. Millions of dollars and countless hours have been spent investigating dementia. But in the view of...
A stroll through the Dutch community of De Hogeweyk is a journey to what could be the future of dementia care. Located within the small town of Weesp, just outside of Amsterdam, De Hogeweyk is...
Intimate-partner violence (IPV) is a pattern of physical and/or sexual violence inflicted by an intimate or ex-intimate partner. Global estimates published by the World Health Organization indicate that about 1 in 3 women have experienced...
The material presented through the Think Tank feature on this website is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. WBHI strongly advises all questioners and viewers using this feature with health problems to consult a qualified physician, especially before starting any treatment. The materials provided on this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. The materials are not exhaustive and cannot always respect all the most recent research in all areas of medicine.