World Alzheimer’s Day 2022: Are women more prone to Alzheimer’s than men?

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World Alzheimer’s Day 2022: World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated on September 21 every year to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, a brain disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. The most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s are memory loss and missing words in everyday conversation. As the disease progresses, these symptoms become more severe.

Are women more victims than men?
Dr. Senior Consultant in Neurology at Global Hospital Parel, Mumbai. Pankaj Aggarwal said that Alzheimer’s disease affects women more. There are many possible scientific and sociological explanations for why women are more prone to Alzheimer’s than men.

Why are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s?
Consultant Neurologist Dr. Masina Hospital, Mumbai. Ashish Gosar said that about 2/3 of Alzheimer’s patients are women. The first and foremost reason women are more affected is because women live longer than men and the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age. The longer you live, the more likely you are to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Another reason may be that women are twice as likely to develop autoimmune diseases than men. This happens because women’s immune systems are stronger than men’s to protect the baby from infections in the womb. For this reason, they may also have more abnormal amyloid plaques than men.

A third possible cause could be the hormonal changes that women experience during their lifetime. This may also increase the chances of Alzheimer’s in women.

How to avoid Alzheimer’s?
Dr. Pankaj Aggarwal says, “Age and genetics increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, which cannot be changed. However, apart from this, high blood pressure and lack of activity also increase the risk of this disease. So exercise daily, keep the body active, so that blood flow and oxygen can reach the brain better. This benefits the brain cells.”

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