HealthWatch: Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

Alzheimers breakfastSTANFORD, Ore. — Researchers have new information about why women develop Alzheimer’s at a higher rate than men.  About 1 in 6 women will develop the disease, compared to 1 in 11 men.  It’s long been thought those numbers were because women live longer than men on average.

But Michael Greicius, MD, assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences and medical director of the Stanford Center for Memory Disorders says “Even after correcting for age, women appear to be at greater risk.”

Researchers found that when woman have a gene variant, they have a substantial Alzheimer’s disease risk increase, but that is not the case in men.

You can read the specifics of the research here.