Alzheimer’s disease, women decline faster than men, studies find

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Of the 5 million people with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, about two-thirds of them are women according to the New York Times. More women suffer from the disease, partially due to the fact that women live longer than men.

“By the age 65, women have more than a one in six chance of developing Alzheimer’s during the remainder of their lives, compared with a one in 11 chance for men,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Researchers have tried to determine for years what causes Alzheimer’s disease and how the disease progresses. The latest research points to the findings that women decline faster than men.

A recent study from Duke University was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington. It evaluated approximately 400 men and women in their 70s who already had mild cognitive impairment.

A person with MCI has mild but measureable decline in their cognitive ability, memory and thinking, but are still independent in their daily life. READ MORE…

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