Did you know that the history of Alzheimer's disease started with a woman? In 1906, Dr. Alois Alzheimer (hence the name of the disease) was examining the brain tissue of a woman who had recently passed away. As the National Institute on Aging describes, “she had died of an unusual mental illness...her symptoms included memory loss, language problems and unpredictable behavior.” When Alzheimer examined the brain tissue, he found three types of changes: the formation of plaques and tangles and a loss of connections between neurons.
It seems that women have a higher rate of Alzheimer's disease compared to men. In a study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine, the researchers found that men have a one in 10 risk of Alzheimer's disease, while women have a one in six risk for the disorder. ScienceDaily reports that the study included 2,794 people who were part of the Framingham Heart Study. At the beginning of the Framingham Heart Study, which was 29 years before the Boston University School of Medicine collected their data, these participants did not have dementia. At the time of the Boston University School of Medicine study, 400 cases of dementia existed as well as 292 cases of Alzheimer's disease.
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