“Precision Medicine Starts With Sex” — Dr. Roberta Brinton & Maria Shriver Talk Women & Alzheimer’s

Did you know it would take 43 football stadiums to hold of the women who have Alzheimer’s disease in America? Of the 5 million people in the U.S. who have Alzheimer’s disease, 3.4 million of them are women.

Maria Shriver hosted an intimate Architects of Change LIVE Conversation and brain-healthy lunch on Wednesday, March 16th with the Los Angeles and Orange County event committee members for the new initiative, Move for Minds.

The conversation between Shriver and Dr. Brinton focused on how we can prevent, delay & treat Alzheimer’s in women, who are overwhelming victims of the disease. “I think it’s possible to reverse the pathology and at least early stage Alzheimer’s,” Dr. Brinton said, describing the ground-breaking gender-based research currently being conducted (watch the video above). “I think that’s very possible.”

[Maria Discusses Alzheimer’s With Access Hollywood’s Liz Hernandez]

Shriver asked Dr. Brinton to help dispel some of the fear surrounding the disease and explain to people what the signs of normal aging are versus the signs that there’s something to be concerned about in ourselves and/or someone we love. Watch Dr. Brinton’s answer:

In addition to precision medicine, Dr. Brinton said, “We need to enter the era of precision nutrition.”

[Feeding  Your Brain: 6 Foods to Find & Eat]

“What’s good for you is not necessarily good for me,” she explained, “And what’s good for us in our twenties may not be good for us at 45 or 50 or 60. And our bodies will tell us. They’re great reporters. They’re going to report to us exactly if what we’re doing is beneficial.”

Shriver also explained the goals of the new Move for Minds initiative of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Challenge in partnership with Equinox:

  • to raise awareness, by connecting the dots–between fitness, nutrition, meditation, medical research, the effects of stress and estrogen, as well as the challenges of caregiving–and to connect different people from all these fields, of all ages.
  • to get the information out there that this is a women’s disease: 2 out of the 3 brains that get Alzheimer’s are women.
  • to raise money that will go to gender-based research (learn more here).

[Read Maria Shriver’s latest ‘I’ve Been Thinking’ essay]

“We’re trying to go around to different people and tell them: ‘Study women’s brains. Don’t tell us that women get it and you don’t know why,'” Shriver said. “So we’re trying to ignite researchers to focus on women’s brains… We’re going to need every single one of you.” Watch more in the video below:

And sign up to Move for Minds today!

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