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Why do so many women
get Alzheimers? New research
points to genetics, other factors

Washington Post, by Fredrick Kunkle

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 9/3/2014 1:35:15 PM

Years ago, many scientists assumed that a woman’s heart worked pretty much the same as a man’s. But as more women entered the male-dominated field of cardiology, many of those assumptions vanished, opening the way for new approaches to research and treatment. A similar shift is underway in Alzheimer’s disease. It has long been known that more women than men get the deadly neurodegenerative disease, and now an emerging body of research is challenging the common wisdom as to why. Although the question is by no means settled, recent findings suggest that biological, genetic and even cultural influences may play

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I would think it has to do with all the ever-changing hair products (chemicals) used and hairdryers.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 9/3/2014 1:47:04 PM     (No. 9992089)

I think depression is a major factor in my mother´s dementia. She retired at an early age (early 50s) to please my already-retired dad and then languished. I think she was a person who should have remained very active. Depression set in and she denied it and now she is languishing in a memory care unit. I could be wrong, but I do believe depression triggers a lot of chemical changes in our bodies and affects both our hearts and brains.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: controlfreak, 9/3/2014 1:50:11 PM     (No. 9992094)

Maybe because women live longer than men?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chillijilli, 9/3/2014 2:46:22 PM     (No. 9992166)

I´ve read that stress or trauma can often trigger certain dementias...Could it be that bc women have a longer lifespan, more have had to deal with the loss of a partner---one of the biggest traumas anyone can face.
Many Alzheimer´s patients seem to have recently lost a loved one.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 9/3/2014 3:05:44 PM     (No. 9992197)

"Years ago, many scientists assumed that a woman’s heart worked pretty much the same as a man’s. But as more women entered the male-dominated field of cardiology, many of those assumptions vanished, opening the way for new approaches to research and treatment."

What??? I cannot for the life of me figure what this means, but its a combination of stupid and wrong wrapped in sexist drivel,

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Reply 5 - Posted by: harper, 9/3/2014 3:12:09 PM     (No. 9992208)

Too bad there is so much radfem ranting mixed into what could be a useful and important topic.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: flybynight, 9/3/2014 3:35:23 PM     (No. 9992256)

This was poorly written, and a rather union formative little bit of filler, BUT
1. Alzheimer´s and other senile dementias are known to have a genetic and familial component, and women on average DO live enough longer than men to get these degenerative diseases.
2. We are only in recent years learning more about women´s cardiac diseases and others because women were excluded from the major studies for many years... Men were easier to study, you know, without so many hormonal complications, and besides, men were more likely to have heart attacks, The results should apply equally to women, right? Not so fast. It turns out that women may have quite different symptoms for similar unspderlying pathology..
3. It seems to come as a surprise that women´s bodies are different from men´s in more ways than is apparent to the casual observer. How about that?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 9/3/2014 3:46:24 PM     (No. 9992279)

I know of one woman and a number of men.

More junque science.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/3/2014 3:58:18 PM     (No. 9992298)

With all respect to OP, nothing I have EVER read or heard mentioned hair dye or hair dryers in connection with AD. There was a time (after Jackie Kennedy´s death) when speculation was focused on dark hair dyes (the strong ones used in salons) re cancer. But that went nowhere due to lack of real scientific evidence.

There are studies re women and AD from years back, and they mention post-menopausal lack of estrogen (a protective hormone) as a possible factor. Those who have had physicians who were not scared away from estrogen therapy by the cancer spooks ended up with many patients who went well into their 80s with well-functioning brains and no sign of AD.

Here is the reason for the renewed interest now in what is not new research:

The area of inquiry has been growing in part because of a push by female Alzheimer’s researchers, who formed a group to advocate for a larger leadership role in the field and more gender-specific research.

“Scientific workforce diversity is very important because it’s much more likely to shape the research agenda,” said Hannah Valantine, the chief officer for scientific workforce diversity at the National Institutes of Health and a professor at Stanford University’s Medical School.


Yup. It´s a feminist thing.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/3/2014 4:00:45 PM     (No. 9992303)

Re #8, this needed editing:

Those physicians who were not scared away from estrogen therapy by the cancer spooks ended up with many patients who went well into their 80s with well-functioning brains and no sign of AD. They also had better skin and stronger bones. And were less apt to be depressed.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hammock, 9/3/2014 4:24:01 PM     (No. 9992331)

The article states that the Lipton´s study controlled for women´s superior longevity.

The finding by Zandi that estrogen alone in women substantially past menopause was associated with an increased chance of Alzheimers, while taking it for 5 years after menopause was associated with a decrease is interesting.

The field is very fluid and what´s going on are attempts to get a handle on it - nothing is definitive.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mickturn, 9/3/2014 4:57:10 PM     (No. 9992376)

I´m sure there is some link to a cause...
Alzheimers has been linked to Aluminum in the brain (yea I know the medical community poo poo´s that one but research on their brains has shown that as a factor they suspect)...and most antiperspirants have aluminum in them...

Who knows the cause but $$ typically blocks studies that would actually identify a cause of many diseases/conditions.



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