Why are most Alzheimer’s patients women?
It may come as a surprise to you, but women outnumber men when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease sufferers by a ratio of 2 to 1. Why Alzheimer’s affects women so adversely is unclear, but we do know there is a lot of science that’s beginning to make sense of this statistic. Moreover, now that we are gaining ground on understanding why the female brain is more susceptible to this devastating disease, it allows us to begin getting our arms around the idea that specific lifestyle changes may be very important as they relate to reducing a woman’s risk.
In her new book, The XX Brain, my good friend, Dr. Lisa Mosconi, takes us to the leading edge of neuroscience research, revealing how differences between the male and female brain may set the stage for Alzheimer’s disease as well as depression. With a powerful foreword by Maria Shriver, the information in The XX Brain is fundamentally important for all women, as well as the other 50% of our population.