Alzheimer’s Hits Men and Women Differently, and We Need to Understand Why

Published 9/1/18

Growing older may be inevitable, but getting Alzheimer’s disease is not. Although we can’t stop the aging process, which is the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s, there are many other factors that can be modified to lower the risk of dementia.

Yet our ability to reduce Alzheimer’s risk and devise new strategies for prevention and treatment is impeded by a lack of knowledge about how and why the disease differs between women and men, SWHR writes in this commentary for Scientific American.

In the article, SWHR highlights its review paper in Alzheimer’s & Dementia that calls for greater analysis of research data by sex to stimulate new approaches that will improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Learn more about the work of SWHR’s Alzheimer’s Disease Network.