Episode 96

Why Women Are Twice As Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s and What They Can Do About It

With Dr. Lisa Mosconi

Alzheimer’s is not a disease of old age. We tend to associate it with the elderly because that’s when the clinical symptoms become manifest, but in reality, Alzheimer’s begins with negative changes in the brain at least a decade prior. More often than not, in middle age.


Two out of every three Alzhiemer’s patients are women. Today, Alzheimer’s is as real a threat to women’s health as breast cancer is. A 45 year old woman has a one in five chance of developing Alzheimer’s during her remaining life, while a man of the same age only has a one in ten chance. What happens to women and not to men, in midlife, that could potentially trigger an Alzheimer’s predisposition, and that could potentially initiate Alzheimer’s? 


Today on The Broken Brain Podcast, I’m joined by my good friend Dr. Lisa Mosconi to talk about the research on why women represent two thirds of the Alzheimer’s population. We discuss what happens to a woman’s brain when she goes through menopause, and the connection to Alzheimer’s disease. We also talk about how to care for women’s brains, how to prevent dementia, and the ground-breaking research that Dr. Mosconi and her team are conducting at the Alzhemier’s prevention clinic. 


For more on Dr. Lisa Mosconi, be sure to follow her on Instagram @dr_mosconi. Check out her website https://www.lisamosconi.com. Learn more about The Women’s Brain Initiative here. You can find her book, The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, right here. Lastly, below is the brain scan image that Dr. Mosconi discussed in the interview.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on women
  2. Dr. Mosconi’s family history of Alzheimer’s
  3. The difference between the male and female brain
  4. The early changes we are seeing in the female brain midlife
  5. What is happening in the brain post-menopause for women
  6. The correlation between a hysterectomy and a higher risk of dementia
  7. The impact of diet on our hormones and brain health
  8. What women can do to prevent dementia
  9. Why women internalize stress more than men
  10. How toxins impact our risk of chronic diseases
  11. How to know if hormone replacement therapy is right for you
  12. Where to learn more about Dr. Lisa Mosconi


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads. His interviews focus on the inner workings of the brain and the body and feature the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.

Dhru Purohit is also a serial entrepreneur and investor in the health and wellness industry.

Dr. Lisa Mosconi

Dr. Lisa Mosconi, PhD, is the director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she serves as an associate professor of neuroscience in neurology and radiology. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Department of Psychiatry and the author of Brain Food and The XX Brain.

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