Dementia, Stroke, and Parkinson’s More Likely Among Women

According to a new study out of the University Medical Center, Rotterdam, half of all women will develop Parkinson’s disease or dementia, or have a stroke, in their lifetime. Analyzing data from more than 12,000 people, it was found that a third of men aged 45 are likely to be diagnosed with one of these conditions compared to one in two women.

Researchers believe that preventive interventions might help to reduce the risk. For example, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension were more common among women who later developed dementia. Besides treating these conditions there are other activities that can help to minimize the risks, such as, eating a balanced diet, staying physically active, controlling weight, and not smoking.

These findings were published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry on October 2, 2018.

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