Best Ways for Women to Reduce Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease impacts women disproportionately, as both patients and caregivers. Of the 6.5 million Americans currently diagnosed with the disease, almost two-thirds of them are women – a sobering 4.3 million women. Scientists and doctors still do not fully understand why this disease, which is the most common type of dementia, is especially bad for women. Some of this disparity may be explained by women’s longer lifespan than men, losing estrogen at menopause, greater brain effects of conditions like diabetes, and increased impact of genetic risks. Differences in social and lifestyle risks, such as higher rates of depression, lower rates of exercise, and greater impact of social isolation may also play a role. While the list of risks for women is long, there are things women can do proactively to reduce risk. Science suggests that up to 40% of Alzheimer’s disease cases could be prevented through healthy lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise. As Director of the WAM Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic, I have created a comprehensive and personalized program to help women reduce risks that are under their control. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
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