By On April 15th, 2014

Gene Variant May Be The Cause of Women’s Higher Alzheimer’s Risk


There have been plenty of theories as to why far more women develop Alzheimer’s disease within their life than men, but a new study suggests our previous ideas may be all wrong. It is still unknown exactly what causes Alzheimer’s, however the study from Stanford University researchers indicates a specific gene variant may increase the risk of developing the disease.

This alone could be a big step towards improving our understanding of Alzheimer’s, but the biggest finding of the study says that women with a copy of the variant were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as those who didn’t have it. That is far more than the risk of men with the gene variant.

The study was published in the April 14 issue of the Annals of Neurology, and a full report of the findings can be found here.

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