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Risk of Alzheimer’s Varies by Gender

man and womanThe risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease appears to differ between the sexes, suggests a new French study.

In a review of almost 7000 people over the age of 65 researchers discovered the onset of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a precursor to Alzheimer’s, varied significantly between genders.

Men with MCI were more likely to be overweight, diabetic, and to have had a stroke. Additionally, men who had had a stroke were almost three times as likely to progress from MCI to Alzheimer’s.

Women with MCI were more likely to be in poorer general health, disabled, suffering from insomnia and to have a poor support network.

Women unable to perform routine daily tasks, which would allow them to live without assistance, were 3.5 times as likely to progress to Alzheimer’s. And those who were depressed were twice as likely to do so.

Stroke was not a risk factor for women, despite a similar rate of occurrence in both sexes.

The research is published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Source: British Medical Journal

Risk of Alzheimer’s Varies by Gender

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Risk of Alzheimer’s Varies by Gender. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2019, from
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