S10.Clinic For Patients
Blog Contact us
× For Patients Blog Contact Us

Visual stories

Categories

Why do women have a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease than men?
27 Jan' 21

Why do women have a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease than men?

 

 

Why do women have a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease than men?  

Did you know that over two-thirds of the 6.2 million persons in the United States with Alzheimer's disease are women? This means that Alzheimer's disease affects nearly twice as many women as it does men. Why do women have a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease than men? 

  

Women live longer than males.  

  

The first and most essential reason is that women are more likely than males to live longer lives. A baby girl born in 2019 is predicted to live five years longer than a baby boy, according to actuarial life tables: 81 against 76 years.  

The most important risk factor for Alzheimer's disease is age: the older you get, the more likely you are to develop the condition. 

  

For example, the incidence (number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's every year) varies by age:  

  

Each year, 4 out of every 1,000 adults aged 65 to 74 get Alzheimer's disease.  

Every year, 32 persons aged 75 to 84 develop Alzheimer's disease.  

Each year, 76 out of 1,000 people aged 85 and up develop Alzheimer's disease.  

  

So, one reason there are more women with Alzheimer's disease than men is that there are 5.7 million more older women in our society than older males, and the older you are, the more susceptible you are to have Alzheimer's disease.  

  

However, that isn't the complete story. 

  

Read More Unmasking Depression

 

Alzheimer's disease affects more women than men.  

If you're a woman, your odds of having Alzheimer's disease later in life are slightly higher than if you're a man. Women were more likely than men, regardless of age, to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease starting around the age of 80, according to a study that monitored 16,926 people in Sweden. Similarly, a Taiwanese study discovered that women have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease over the course of seven years than men. In a meta-analysis of Alzheimer's disease incidence in Europe, it was discovered that 13 women out of 1,000 developed the disease per year, compared to only seven men. 

  

Women do not have a higher rate of non-dementia. Alzheimer's  

  

The fact that you are not more likely to get dementia from a source other than Alzheimer's disease is one hint to the solution to this problem. In a study of dementia rates in Sweden, for example, both men and women were equally likely to develop non-dementia Alzheimer's as they grew older. The fact that Alzheimer's disease rates change by gender but not non-dementia Alzheimer's rates shows that Alzheimer's disease and gender must interact in some way.  

  

Amyloid deposition in Alzheimer's disease may represent a defense mechanism against infections.  

Another piece of the jigsaw comes from Harvard researchers, who have proposed that amyloid, one of the pathological components of Alzheimer's disease, could be one of the culprits. 

 

Women are more likely than men to suffer from autoimmune illnesses.   

The final piece of the puzzle is that women are roughly twice as likely as men to suffer from an autoimmune disease. The cause of this disparity is unknown, although it is established that women's immune systems are normally stronger than men's, and several autoimmune illnesses are more prevalent during pregnancy. It's possible that women's immune systems evolved to shield the fetus from illnesses throughout time. As a result of their stronger immune systems, women are more likely than men to develop amyloid plaques.  

 

Read More Stop The Overthinking

 

Assembling the components  

When all of this data is combined, one plausible explanation for why women's Alzheimer's disease risk is higher than men's in addition to genetics emerges. 

Comments

Write your first comment.

Leave us reply:

Related Blogs

4 Mental Health Issues You Should Be Aware Of 'Recognize the Signs of Mental Illness
07 Feb' 22

4 Mental Health Issues You Should Be Aware Of 'Recognize the Signs of Mental Illness

The start of a global epidemic in 2020, which is still ongoing, has thrown the world into chaos. It has had a significant impact o...
In 2022, here are some mental health management tips
07 Jan' 22

In 2022, here are some mental health management tips

With a new year comes new challenges and opportunities, and everyone's new year's resolutions should be to take care of their ment...
This therapeutic remedy may help to reduce depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a study
07 Dec' 21

This therapeutic remedy may help to reduce depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a study

Mental health problems have existed since the dawn of mankind. However, it has been neglected and overlooked for most of history. ...
Why am I angry for no apparent reason?
07 Nov' 21

Why am I angry for no apparent reason?

Anger is a natural reaction to stressful events, and it may also be a beneficial way to express your feelings about something that
Increase your productivity with this 2-minute mental wellness training
07 Nov' 21

Increase your productivity with this 2-minute mental wellness training

For busy professionals, these days, too much work and back-to-back meetings with no time to take breaks in between are the norms. ...
What depression looks like ?
07 Oct' 21

What depression looks like ?

Depression is a widespread ailment that affects 3.8 percent of the world's population, with 5.0 percent of adults and 5.7 percent ...
Is it necessary for me to yell so much?
07 Oct' 21

Is it necessary for me to yell so much?

You've been attempting to communicate your message, but it's not going through. It's driving you crazy, and you're a touch upset, ...
Creating a sense of calm: Practicing mindfulness in everyday life might assist.
07 Oct' 21

Creating a sense of calm: Practicing mindfulness in everyday life might assist.

It's easy to justify your lack of mindfulness by claiming that you simply don't have the time. Who has time to pause and be presen...
What comes first: Sleep, Stress, or Hormones? Perimenopause Causes Brain Fog
07 Oct' 21

What comes first: Sleep, Stress, or Hormones? Perimenopause Causes Brain Fog

When most people think of perimenopause, they think of irregular periods and hot flashes. However, some ladies may experience a di...
Ways to Relieve Stress
07 Sep' 21

Ways to Relieve Stress

Depression is a disturbing friend who often visits people of all age groups. Everyone is tied to their jobs that they fail to focu...
Your Brain's Motivation with a Dose of Dopamine
07 Sep' 21

Your Brain's Motivation with a Dose of Dopamine

Dopamine is a chemical that is naturally found in the human body. It is a neurotransmitter i.e. it transmits signals from the nerv...
Why depressed people are misinterpreted as “lazy“?
07 Aug' 21

Why depressed people are misinterpreted as “lazy“?

Being lazy is an attribute unappreciated by many. it's looked upon as a negative personality and should give people the incorrect ...
Things You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea
07 Jul' 21

Things You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel t...
5 simple methods to combat stress
07 Jul' 21

5 simple methods to combat stress

Stress refers to your body's reaction to challenges and demands. Stress can be positive or negative and there are healthy ways to
7 simple ways to manage and reduce stress
07 Jul' 21

7 simple ways to manage and reduce stress

These days it’s hard for us not to get overwhelmed once in a while. Between juggling work, family, and other commitments, we can...
Managing Your Alcohol Intake
07 Apr' 21

Managing Your Alcohol Intake

It can be hard to keep track of how much alcohol you’re consuming. Drinking alcohol is so normalised that it can be difficult to...
Stop The Overthinking
07 Apr' 21

Stop The Overthinking

You have a few quiet moments to yourself, only to immediately start wondering if you forgot to send that email or whether you’ve...
Unmasking Depression
07 Mar' 21

Unmasking Depression

Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a pers...
We Need to Talk About Men's Mental Health
07 Mar' 21

We Need to Talk About Men's Mental Health

Men’s mental health issues can develop from different causes and triggers than those that affect women. Men are also far less li...
Flowing Through The Workday
07 Mar' 21

Flowing Through The Workday

Of course, flow isn’t guaranteed when you pick up your paintbrush, hockey stick, or flute.
Social media and Mental Health
07 Mar' 21

Social media and Mental Health

Social media use can impact our mental health, while many of us enjoy staying connected on social media, excessive use can fuel fe...
Take control of your stress with these simple stress management tips!
07 Feb' 19

Take control of your stress with these simple stress management tips!

Stress is an inevitable part of daily life in today’s super-hectic world. While a little stress can be good for you - it adds f...
Prevalence of lifestyle diseases in India: Hypertension
07 Sep' 15

Prevalence of lifestyle diseases in India: Hypertension

High blood pressure exerts a substantial burden for cardiovascular health. High blood pressure is directly associated with cardiov...