Consultant psychiatrist: Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease

Consultant psychiatrist: Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease
Consultant psychiatrist: Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease

Dr. Muhammad Al-Quwaifli, a consultant neurologist, confirmed that women are more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

In his intervention with the “An-Nahar” program on the “news” channel, Al-Quwaifli said: “Alzheimer’s is a disease that leads to atrophy of brain cells, which results in a deterioration in the cognitive and behavioral functions of a normal person.”

He pointed out that the most vulnerable group to Alzheimer’s disease are the elderly, stressing that the rate of infection in women is higher than in men.

He added: “The causes of Alzheimer’s include a protein substance that is deposited in the brain and leads to atrophy, and a lack of neurotransmitters inside the brain.”

To reduce the incidence of this disease, the doctor indicated that it is important and necessary to control sugar, pressure and cholesterol, eat seafood, engage in mental activities and stimulate the brain by learning new skills.

It is noteworthy that a study conducted by the Cornell University School of Medicine in New York attributed the reason why women are more susceptible to dementia or “Alzheimer” disease than men, to hormonal changes, and not because women tend to live longer, as is commonly believed, according to the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

This supported several previous studies that had concluded that about two-thirds of people who suffer from dementia are women.

“Our findings suggest that middle-aged women may be at a higher risk of developing the disease, possibly due to lower estrogen levels during and after menopause,” said study author Dr. Lisa Mosconi.

“While all sex hormones are likely involved in ‘dementia’, our findings suggest that the decrease in estrogen is associated with abnormalities in biological markers of dementia in the women we followed, and the pattern of gray matter loss in particular shows an overlap.” Anatomically with the estrogen network in the brain.

Mosconi pointed out that one of the limitations of the study is its inclusion of healthy middle-aged people who do not suffer from severe cerebrovascular or cardiovascular diseases, which means that there is a need for a larger study and for a longer period of time.

 
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