Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Correcting Andrew Weil's Report on Risk of Alzheimer's Disease and Stress in Women

I really wanted to write directly to him on this one, but I could not find a way to do that without offering up my email address to endless amounts of spam.

Take a look at this article. It's about an important study about how worry and stress DOUBLES the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease in women. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401550/Worrying-About-Alzheimers.html

In the last paragraph Dr. Weil said "Please bear in mind that in this study "twice the risk" is relative to the normal risk of developing Alzheimer's. Here's what relative risk means: assume that the normal risk is one in 100 people. Double the risk means that two of 100 people will develop the disease and the other 98 will not."

Fine, but 1 in 6 people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's Disease right now (about 14%) and the percentage rises as people age to 1 in 3 people getting the disease by the time they die (about 33%). Correct me if my math is wrong (that happens) but I believe if you double the risk you will get numbers ranging from 28% for the population as a whole and rising to 66% as people get older. That's a very significant statistic!

It makes a very big difference as people progress through their life cycle, and taking steps to shift these patterns in your life when you are still young, could make a major difference for your life as you age!