Alzheimer’s News: Women Are Genetically “Tougher”

Written by Alex Reid
Posted August 31, 2020

Hi y’all!

Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.

The mind is a scary, beautiful place. Neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease really hit close to home for me.

I went back up north again this weekend to visit a family member with Alzheimer’s.

What a quick transition!

H
e went from being a downright scrappy, strong, go-getter to lying in a bed… barely able to move (almost overnight).

I couldn’t help but think, “Could his wife be next?”

For years, scientists have believed that women were more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease…

But a recent study shows that women are actually “tougher” when it comes to battling the disorder.

Thanks to their very genetic makeup.

It all comes down to the extra X chromosome that women carry.

There is a protective protein found in a gene that only exists in the X chromosome. And since women have two X chromosomes, by virtue, they get a double “dose” of protection… leaving them less vulnerable than their male counterparts.

And the scientists at University of California, San Francisco have the data to prove it...

Dena Dubal, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology at UCSF and senior author of the study had a few words to share...

And as the David Coulter Endowed Chair in Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease, and a member of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Dubal is the perfect person to set a long-believed myth straight:

“This finding challenges a long-standing dogma that women are more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s… More women than men have Alzheimer’s because they survive to older ages, when risk is highest. But they also survive with the disease for longer.”

This is just the tip of the iceberg... Watch this quick video on the study!

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