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Half of Women Will Develop Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a Stroke, Study Says

Alissa Sauer
By Alissa SauerDecember 14, 2018

A new study from the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry has found that 1 out of every 2 women and 1 out of every 3 men will develop dementia, have Parkinson’s disease or experience a stroke during their lifetime.Half of Women Will Develop Dementia, Parkinson's Disease or a Stroke, Study Says

Learn more about the study and the lifetime risk of these conditions.

Women Twice As Likely to Develop Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a Stroke, Study Says

The University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands conducted a study over 26 years, which involved 12,102 female and male participants. Researchers state that the study participants were less than 45 years old and did not have dementia or Parkinson’s disease, nor had experienced a stroke when the study began.

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Throughout the study:

  • 1,489 participants were diagnosed with dementia
  • 1,285 had a stroke
  • 263 were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

When compared with the male participants in the study, women were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with both dementia and a stroke in their lifetime.

Researchers were unable to conclude why women had an increased risk for developing the conditions, but study authors maintain that “Preventative strategies that delay the disease onset by one to three years could theoretically reduce the lifetime risk of developing any of these diseases by 20-30%.”

Why do you think these conditions are more prevalent in women than men? We’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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