Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise in America, but new evidence reveals there is hope. The Shriver Report, published by Maria Shriver with the backing of the Alzheimer’s Association, took an up close and disturbing look at the dreaded disease’s impact on women—and estrogen’s possible role in preventing it.

When Maria Shriver published a report on Alzheimer’s, it shed new light on the dreaded disease—and it also hinted at a way women can prevent falling victim to its grip. In The Shriver Report, which was published with the backing of the Alzheimer’s Association, California’s First Lady takes an up close and disturbing look at the dread disease’s impact on women—and estrogen’s possible role in preventing it.

California’s first lady Maria Shriver recently issued a new report in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s association and it’s official: Alzheimer’s is a woman’s disease. It’s estimated that two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s sufferers are women. While it’s still not clear as to why the disease is more prevalent among women, doctors and scientists agree that more than likely, several factors are to blame. Shriver mentioned that scientists are currently looking into a possible link between Alzheimer’s disease and estrogen decline.

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