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It’s the last thing any of us want to hear and researchers are quick to point out that there are no medical implications yet, but a study has shown that for women the descent into Alzheimers may be steeper than men.

Researchers presented their findings at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington.

The study’s findings don’t reflect a difference in brain chemistry between genders. “All we can say at this point is that there appears to be a faster trajectory for women than men,” said P. Murali Doraiswamy, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University’s Institute for Brain Sciences and lead author.

Katherine Lin of Duke University and her colleagues examined the scores of an 11-part test typically used for diagnosing memory loss and Alzheimer’s. The 400 participants were mostly in the 70s, and suffered mild cognitive impairment — a loss of memory and thinking skills that doesn’t yet strongly affect someone’s life but can develop into Alzheimer’s.

They found women’s test scores fell by an average of two points per year compared to just one point for men. What’s more, the women’s quality of life – how they performed at home, work, and with family—also deteriorated faster than for the men in the study.

According to the American Alzheimer’s Association, two thirds of people with the disease are female.

While this can partially be attributed to the fact women live longer, it could also have something to do with women being more likely to experience depression, which is a risk for Alzheimer’s, and being more vulnerable to stress.

However, the reasons women are more prone to Alzheimer’s are still largely unclear.

“We haven’t done enough work parsing out some of the gender differences,” said Kristine Yaffe of the University of California San Francisco in an interview with NBC, “Probably what this is going to be about is a complicated interaction between genetics, hormones and the way the brain develops.”

Professor Lin says, “Our findings suggest that men and women at risk of Alzheimer’s may be having two very different experiences.”

Has Alzheimer’s touched your life? Would you agree with these findings that women suffer a sharper decline than men? 

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  1. no point worrying about getting Alzheimers,it is not going to benefit current well being,focusing on future illnesses

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    • I want to know. I have asked my kids not to give me medicines to keep me going if I do.
      Pretty sure they will tell me if I start going that way and then I can consider my options.

  2. Everyone that I have worked with who are sufferers of Alzeimers are all individuals presenting problems. The only real difference between men and women is that women are still ahead at living longer than men

  3. I don’t know what is achieved by posting this type of information. It will be dealt with if and when the time arrives. Just live your life one day at a time and be happy. Worrying about what may happen is a waste of your time and energy.

  4. I have three women friends with Alzheimers and two male friends,and from the first signs,for the women to about three years into the picture,they certainly deteriorated faster than our two men friends. However the men are being looked after by the women, while my women friends had all lost their husbands. All of the women had mothers who had the disease and only one of the men. So I still think genetics plays a large part. All of them lived for their chocolate fixes on a daily basis and my dearest friend ate a full block of an exclusive chocolate plus a magnum or two everyday. The other thing they had in common was drinking diet drinks. So until they start expanding their studies to involve food and chemicals I think they’ll not be seeing the full picture.

  5. Starting to do really dumb things & at least I’m getting a laugh out of it. So funny today. I had the car keys in one hand & in the other hand my used Tissues for my cold. Gave Hubby the used Tissues instead of the keys. The look on his face was priceless. Do I have to worry?

  6. I have 2 sisters in nursing homes with this horrible complaint. i used to worry but now if i read everything i see, ha i wouldnt remember it any way.

  7. I guess the more they find out the more they can help people!

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