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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

alzheimers news-women get it worse

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well those of us who are married know that womens brains are just wired differently than men
when it comes to alzheimers disease it appears thats true

what happens in alzheimers disease is that early on before symptoms start the beta amyloid starts accumulating in the brain
later a protein called tau protein which is normally found in healthy brain cells begins to unwind and causes brain cell destruction

this release of the tau protein unwinding and its destruction is what causes the symptoms you see in someone with alzheimers disease
in a typical late onset alzheimers patient the amyloid accumulation starts in the mid 40s to late 40s
the tau unwinding and brain cell destruction starts in the early 50s to mid 50s

one harvard research says amyloid is the match that starts the fire and  the tau protein is the wild fire that leads to all the brain cell destruction

the tau protein damage goes from brain cell connection to brain cell connection like a wild fire does
its thought to be like an infection as it spreads as it takes over the brain

womens connections are different than mans and goes to different areas than in a mans brain
this wiring difference may be what causes the disease to be worse in women

women use more brain energy than men do and early on in the disease this may protect them from early memory loss

women who work in the paid work force from early adulthood to middle age tend to have less early memory loss later in life than women who didnt

of course
all of us men knew that womens brains were wired differently

the women also tend to live longer than men
as you get older your chances of getting alzheimers disease increases
most older folks over 80 are women

so whats a women to do

 exercise is important
walking as a form of exercise is best
walking at least 8900 steps a day seems to be the sweet spot for helping
on my iphone thats a little over 3 miles a day
aside here i many days walk 3 miles just staying active
i also read in one article that walking just over 2500 steps is where the benefits starts increasing

diet google mind diet

dont smoke

dont drink too much

if a person is at risk for alzheimers they can decrease the risk by 32% by doing these things above
add controlling heath issues like weight blood pressure cholesterol diabetes makes this number goes even  higher

so women
you are at greater risk
your brain is wired differently
what you can do about it is
those things above

of course
if you do then you will live even longer than men do but will be healthier

the alzheimers associations international conference on alzheimers was held this last week in los angeles
here is the link to read about some of the research that was presented

there may be a trend to push healthy lifestyles to be the new prescription to prevent or slow down this disease

the organicgreen doctor

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