Two out of every three Alzheimer’s patients are women. Today, Alzheimer’s is as real a threat to women’s health as breast cancer is. A 45-year-old woman has a one-in-five chance of developing Alzheimer’s during her remaining life, while a man of the same age only has a one-in-ten chance. What happens to women, and not to men, in midlife that could potentially trigger an Alzheimer’s predisposition, and that could potentially initiate Alzheimer’s?
On today’s mini-episode, Dhru sits down with Dr. Lisa Mosconi to talk about the research on why women represent two-thirds of the Alzheimer’s population. They discuss what happens to a woman’s brain when she goes through menopause and the connection to Alzheimer’s disease. They also talk about how to care for women’s brains, how to prevent dementia, and the groundbreaking research that Dr. Mosconi and her team are conducting at the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic.
Dr. Mosconi is the director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she serves as an associate professor of neuroscience in neurology and radiology. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Department of Psychiatry and the author of Brain Food and The XX Brain.
In this episode we dive into:
- The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease, and its impact on women
- The early changes we are seeing in the female brain midlife
- What happens to a woman’s brain when she goes through menopause
- The impact of diet on our hormones and brain health
- What women can do to prevent dementia
Listen to the full episode here.
For more on Dr. Lisa Mosconi, follow her on Instagram @dr_mosconi and through her website, lisamosconi.com. Learn more about The Women’s Brain Initiative here. You can find her book, The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, here.
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