Tag Archives: Alzheimers-Gene

Are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

In the US, two-third of the people diagnosed with the disease are women. The reason why is not clear so far. Of course, women are more likely than men to live long enough to develop the disease.  But there may be other factors such as a gene (APOE4) or the hormone estrogen. This NPR story helps us understand this a little bit better. Continue reading

My Dad has Alzheimer’s Disease… Is it Genetic?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

“My Dad (or my mum, or my sister, etc) has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease… I am fine but I worry a lot: will I develop the disease too?” This question is recurrent among people who have experienced Alzheimer’s disease in their family. Fortunately, for most people, the answer to that question is “no, it is not likely”. Indeed, genes are rarely the direct cause for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have not yet identified any single cause for Alzheimer’s disease. This is why you hear doctors or scientists talk about risk factors. These are the factors that will influence your risks of developing the disease. Continue reading