There’s some new thinking on why women have higher Alzheimer’s rates than men

Local doctors say that the higher Alzheimer’s rates in women compared to men tend to be explained by the longer life expectancy of women, since age is the highest risk factor for Alzheimer’s.

However, new research from the Alzheimer’s Association suggest that there may be a link between pregnancy and Alzheimer’s as well.

Women in the study who had three or more children had a 12% lower risk of developing symptoms of Alzheimer’s than those with only one child.

“While this may be one risk factor, there are a number of other risk factors that a person may not have, so there’s… it’s very complex,” said Dr. Shandera-Ochsner, a clinical neuropsychologist with Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

The research also reported that women who lost three or more pregnancies showed a higher risk for dementia that those who lost none.