Saturday, April 11, 2020

The XX Brain by Lisa Mosconi

Two thirds of all those who end up with Alzheimer's are women. Our risk of developing the disease is twice that of breast cancer. The disease begins 20-30 years before symptoms begin to show.

While a cure has eluded medicine, Mosconi argues prevention is feasible. She outlines in this book specific medicinal decisions and lifestyle practices and how they affect our mental future.

We women are individuals and need to be treated so. Mosconi helps us understand DNA tests, hormonal therapy, non-pharmacological therapy, the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, stress, and more.

I was especially struck by Mosconi's emphasis on the importance of exercise. “Without a doubt, exercise is as critical to our health as mammograms and annual checkups are.” (230) Exercise improves memory function in the brain. “Several studies show that engaging in regular physical activity, including all sorts of activities you can do in street clothes, for roughly four hours a week lowers your risk of dementia later in life by a good 35 percent.” (240) That is amazing.

I highly recommend this book focusing on women's health in general and women's brain health in particular. Much of what women experience health wise is because of misinformation and neglect. (274) Be informed and be healthier!

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Lisa Masconi, PhD, is the Director of the Women's Brain Initiative and associate director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she serves as an associate professor of neuroscience in neurology and radiology. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the of Psychiatry. She is the author of Brain Food. You can find out more at .

Avery, 368 pages.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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