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Women: Alzheimer’s More Likely Than Breast Cancer

In a startling report by the Alzheimer’s Association, new figures indicate that women 60 and older have a 1 in 6 chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime.  Women are twice as likely to develop the disease over breast cancer.  These new figures not only further compound the thought that those living with Alzheimer’s disease are rapidly expanding but that women are significantly more at risk for the disease.

The disease is affecting more than 5 million Americans with two-thirds of them women.   These details came from a survey commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Association that followed 3,000 women.  Researchers know that age is the number one risk factor, however, they are now looking at genetic and hormone differences as a key component.

In addition (according to the report), women are disproportionally affected when it comes to caring for those who are living with Alzheimer’s.  Sixty percent of caregivers are women and the care they give is more intensely physical and emotional.  So, not only are women more affected by the disease but also they are the primary caregivers of those living with the illness.

The Alzheimer’s Association recommends that women begin reducing risk factors early in life.  They suggest developing “healthy brain habits” which would include staying mentally, socially and physically active and adopting a “brain healthy” diet low in fat and cholesterol.  Finally, they suggest watching important numbers such as cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.

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