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Why Women Are More Likely To Get Alzheimer’s

A report from the Alzheimer’s Association says that women over the age of 60 have a 1 in 6 chance of getting Alzheimer’s while men have a 1 in 11. Why this gender disparity? According to my stress management research and personal observation the answer might just lie in the way the female gender deals or doesn’t deal with their exposure to chronic stress.

By now everyone has heard that heart health and brain health are interrelated. People with diabetes, high LDL cholesterol and high blood pressure are more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. However, this still leaves the question of why women are more prone to the disease. Visit any Alzheimer’s ward in a nursing home and you will see predominantly women.

Since stress and the inflammatory response have been implicated in the Alzheimer’s disease process, the statistics make sense because:
So what’s a woman to do?
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