Women and Brain Health

Posted by: michael  :  Category: Uncategorized

Consider brain size…
Brain size is an important consideration when identifying the risks of mental illness in women as they age. 
         The average brain size for women is smaller than that of men, yet both exhibit similar cognitive abilities. An explanation offered for the similarity in mental performance is the fact that cells in a woman’s brain are more densely packed in that area of the brain responsible for processes like judgment, planning and certain types of memory..

         However, as the years pass women shed brain cells at a faster rate than men so that in old age there is little difference in brain cell density but the disparity in brain size remains – which may reflected in the greater incidence of mental health issues in women. 

Of course, one of the most important factors could be that women live longer than men and that allows more time for neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s to develop. 

Other factors…
But there are other factors that are just as powerful and much more immediate. These include the reality that women are more likely than men to suffer sexual and physical abuse, experience problems in marriage and with children, be affected by reproductive issues and have to endure poverty.

         All these experiences can give rise to stress and it is well known that prolonged stress causes significant damage to the brain.

But the effects don’t stop there…
The pressures that women experience not only give rise to stress but can also compromise a woman’s ability to take action to protect her brain health through initiatives such as exercise, regular harmonious sex, routine deep sleep, career development and self-improvement programs.

         Little wonder that according to the National Institute Of Mental Health, women are affected twice as often as men by most forms of depression and anxiety disorders and nine times more often by eating disorders.

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