Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive mental deterioration that occurs in middle or old age that extinguishes your ability to learn, reason, communicate and carry out daily tasks.
The disease has become a U.S. health crisis affecting more than 5 million Americans; new figures show women are bearing the brunt of the damage.
Did you know that women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as they are to develop breast cancer?
In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s latest finds, one in 11 men over 65 are estimated to develop Alzheimer’s, as opposed to one in 6 women.
Why is that?
One suggestion is that women notably live longer than males and the greatest risk to developing Alzheimer’s disease is increased age.
Have you heard the recent link between type-3 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease?
Just to be clear, Alzheimer’s disease is not diabetes; but those with diabetes have been shown to have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s. This happens because your brain, just like other cells in your body, can become insulin-resistant.
Director of Medical and Scientific Operations for the Alzheimer's Association, Heather M. Snyder, PhD, discusses the latest research found in women’s link to Alzheimer’s, as well as the research in type-3 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.