How Alzheimer’s affects the sexes

elderly coupleAlzheimer’s affects more than 5 million people in the United States. Although the disease doesn’t discriminate between genders, disease progression differs between men and women progress, according to a new study.

The study, which analyzed the disease in 109 people, found that a woman’s brain atrophies, or shrinks, earlier than in men. It also found that women lost more gray matter (nerve tissue) in their brains in the year before diagnosis than men did. Men, on the other hand, seemed to have more trouble with thinking ability.

Although no cure for Alzheimer’s disease has been found, new treatments and medications are available. Talk with your doctor about the progression of the disease and the options available for you or your loved one.