Longevity: Do Men and Women’s Brains Respond Differently?

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted November 22, 2021

Dear Longevity Insider,

Anil Bajnath MD here with your Monday roundup.

When it comes to longevity, everything starts in your mind. From your eating habits to your lifestyle and activity… everything begins in your mind.

On this longevity journey, how does the brain differ between biological men and women? The folks at Stanford published material about the effects that trauma has on the brains of men and women, and how these findings can indicate further developments concerning success.

In our case, success can also translate into a successful health journey. For some, that might look like having a strong mind in their 70s and 80s. For others, that could be running around the backyard with the grandchildren or great grandchildren.

Regardless of how you identify your success in this longevity journey, one thing we can agree on is this: No one wants to be bedridden for the last 10 to 20 years of their life. We want vibrance, tenacity, and great memories with the ones who we love.

So let’s jump into it. Is there a difference between the brains of men and women? And how does this impact us on this longevity journey?

Odette Harris, MD, director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, has proven that the answer is as resounding “yes.”

In an interesting study, Harris and Maheen Adamson, PhD share how head trauma influences women much differently than men. 

The two researchers call it “cortical thinking.” It’s a circumstance in which the cortex tissue of the brain becomes thinner (sometimes due to injury). Harris mentions:

We're seeing a shift toward looking at differences between male and female traumatic brain injury more deeply, and my hope is that that trend will extend to other groups within the traumatic brain injury patient population... That's what will enable us to improve outcomes and ensure equitable care for all people, not just women.

There's one longevity issue that transcends the sexes, and it's a biological process that threatens every single human on this earth

To your longevity,

Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ