Does Gender Really Affect the Risk Developing Alzheimer’s?

August 4, 2017

Well ladies, it is true.

Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease than men.

Nearly two-thirds of the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women and two-thirds of the more than 15 million Americans providing care and support for someone with Alzheimer’s disease are women.

Why does this disease seem to affect more women than men? You may say that women live longer than men so they actually reach an age where Alzheimer’s affects most people. However, according to the the Alzheimer’s Association, there is emerging evidence that suggests there are unique biological reasons for these differences. These differences may contribute to the underlying brain changes, progression and symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease.

Participation in research like the Emory Healthy Aging Study may help us dig deeper into why biological gender differences can increase the chance of developing the disease. Click here to join and learn more information about the study.


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