New Delhi, Lifestyle Desk. World Alzheimer’s Day 2022: Alzheimer’s is a disease related to the brain, to raise awareness about which World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated every year on 21 September. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. The most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s are memory loss and loss of words in everyday conversation. As the disease progresses, these symptoms become more severe.

Are women more victims than men?

Dr. Pankaj Agarwal, Senior Consultant, Neurology at Global Hospital Parel, Mumbai said that Alzheimer’s disease affects women more. There are several possible scientific and sociological explanations for why women are more prone to Alzheimer’s than men.

What are the reasons women are more prone to Alzheimer’s?

Dr. Ashish Gosar, Consultant Neurologist at Masina Hospital, Mumbai, said that about 2/3 of the patients suffering from Alzheimer’s are women. The first and foremost reason that women are more affected is that women live longer than men and the biggest risk factor in Alzheimer’s is age. The longer you live, the more likely you are to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Another reason may be that women are twice as likely to develop an autoimmune disease than men. This is because the immune system of women is stronger than that of men, so that the baby can be protected from infection in the womb. For this reason, they may also have more abnormal amyloid plaques than men.

A third possible reason could be the ongoing hormonal changes that women face during their lifetime. Because of this also, the chances of Alzheimer’s in women can increase.

How can Alzheimer’s be avoided?

Dr. Pankaj Aggarwal says, “Age and genetics increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, which cannot be changed. However, apart from these, high blood pressure and lack of activity also work to increase the risk of this disease. Therefore, do exercise daily, keep the body active, so that blood flow and oxygen can reach the brain in a better way. Which benefits the brain cells.”

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Edited By: Ruhee Parvez