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 Alzheimer’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 Alzheimer’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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