Most women unaware of increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease

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Most women unaware of increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease

The Hill reports, “An overwhelming majority of women are unaware they face an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease compared to men.”

Furthermore, these women “have not had conversations with their [physicians] about the aspects of their health that make them more likely to develop the disease.”

This alarming information is based upon a new survey which “found 82% of women do not know they are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s, despite the fact that women make up nearly two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases in the U.S.”

An alarming 73% of women have not discussed their cognitive health with providers, and 62% of women have not discussed menopause or perimenopause — transitional phases in a woman’s reproductive life — that research now shows are critical to monitor closely in order to reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s.

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By the way, these findings were presented at the Aspen Ideas: Health Festival on Friday, June 24. Please note that abstracts presented at medical meetings are usually evaluated and selected by a committee of experts but have not generally undergone the same peer-review process required for publication in a scientific journal. As such, the findings presented should be considered preliminary until a peer-reviewed publication is available.

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