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A Woman's Brain Looks 3 Years Younger Than a Man's of the Same Age

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Women's brains are about three years younger, metabolically speaking, than men’s brains of the same chronological age. The finding offers a clue as to why women tend to maintain their mental acuity longer than men
  • Glucose is one of the brain’s fuels, but how your brain uses sugar changes with age. Women’s brains appear to convert more glucose to energy than men’s do during adulthood
  • Diet and other lifestyle strategies, including stress management, can have a significant impact on your brain’s rate of aging
  • Ketones — water-soluble fats produced by your liver during the conversion of fats into energy — are a preferred fuel for your brain, which is in part why a ketogenic diet is so beneficial for your brain function
  • Exercise has also been shown to play an important role in the aging of your brain, and together, diet and exercise is a winning combination that can help reverse your brain’s age by up to nine years in just six months

Recent research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reveals women's brains appear to be about three years younger, metabolically speaking, than men's brains of the same chronological age. The finding offers a clue as to why women tend to maintain their mental acuity longer than men. The original study can be viewed for free online, but is summarized by Science Daily:

"Time wears differently on women's and men's brains. While the brain tends to shrink with age, men's diminish faster than women's. The brain's metabolism slows as people grow older, and this, too, may differ between men and women …


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