Why does Alzheimer’s disease affect more women than men? Supported by a new grant from the Alzheimer’s Association, a USC researcher explores a key Alzheimer’s gene and how it disproportionately impacts women. Among the 5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, nearly two-thirds are women. While the reason for this striking discrepancy isn’t yet known, proposed theories range from differences in healthcare usage and lifestyle factors to life span and other biological variations. USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Professor Christian Pike studies this disparity at the deepest level, examining key genes involved in Alzheimer’s and how their effects differ in males and females.
A USC-led study indicates that health care professionals and hospitals should be sensitive to stereotypes that could otherwise lead some patients to avoid care.
Healthcare stereotype threats stem from common stereotypes about unhealthy lifestyle choices. (Photo/Carol Von Canon)