Alzheimer’s disease risk in women
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With aging comes an increased risk of a variety of neurological health problems. Alzheimer’s disease is one of them, according to an estimate, more than 6.2 million people in America are victims of this problem. Its risk has also been seen increasing in India. In Alzheimer’s disease, the brain shrinks (atrophy) which can cause brain cells to die.
Alzheimer’s disease is considered the most common cause of dementia in which thinking, behavior and the ability to perform daily tasks are affected. People over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease, say health experts, but in recent studies researchers have found that women may be at a higher risk than men.
In a recent study, researchers tried to find out why women are more vulnerable to this disorder. The researchers found that starting at an early age to avoid risk factors can help reduce the risk of the disease.
What did the study find?
Science Advances Journal In the study published in, researchers tried to understand the reasons for Alzheimer’s risk in women. For this, studies were done on those women who died due to this disease. The brains of these women were found to have significantly higher levels of the chemically modified inflammatory protein C3.
The researchers found that as levels of the hormone estrogen drop significantly during menopause, this hormone may be protective against the C3 protein while it is normal. This could possibly be a reason for the increased risk of Alzheimer’s after menopause.