Health News: Why Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect More Women Than Men?

An estimated 5.4 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and that number will likely rise to 11 to 16 million people by the year 2050 if no effective cures or preventive measures are developed.

An interdisciplinary roundtable of experts convened by the Society for Women’s Health Research led to a set of recommendations to make the evaluation of sex and gender differences a component of future AD studies.

“There are still major gaps in our knowledge of the role of sex and gender in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and these recommendations will provide a useful guide for future research in this area,” says Susan G. Kornstein, MD, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Women’s Health.