Higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease in women with 5 or more kids, says research
As per a new study, women who give birth to five or more babies are at higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The research also claims that women with no children or those who have had incomplete pregnancies have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s.
The research explains why women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia as they grow older compared to men.
The researchers from Seoul National University gathered data on more than 3,000 women with an average age of 71.
As per data, having five or more children was found to be linked with a 70% increased risk of Alzheimer’s, while women with 4 or lesser number of children had less risk of developing the disorder.
Scientists were surprised to observe that incomplete pregnancies did not have an increased risk of the neurodegenerative disease.
It is now being considered that the hormone changes in the body after childbirth may be responsible for decreasing the brain function in later age.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions of the brain.