Having more than 5 children increases risk of Alzheimer’s by 70% in women,study finds

Women who’ve had more than five children have increased risk of Alzheimer’s by 70% compared to women who have fewer children, a study finds.

This may be because of the surge in levels of the hormone oestrogen towards the end of pregnancy,researchers believe.

Also found was, women who had an ‘incomplete pregnancy’ – miscarriage or abortion – were half as likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life.

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The study was carried out on a total of 3,549 women in South Korea and Greece.
They who were tracked from the age of 71.

Women participating provided information on their reproductive history.

Including how many children they had had and miscarriages.

Tests were taken of their memory and thinking skills to see whether they had developed Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairment.

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118 women developed Alzheimer’s disease and 896 women developed mild cognitive impairment, according to the study.

Of the 716 women with 5 or more children, 59 developed Alzheimer’s, compared to 53 of the 2,751 women with fewer children.

Women who had experienced an incomplete pregnancy were about half as likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

As women who had never had an incomplete pregnancy.

And of the 2,375 women who had an incomplete pregnancy, 47 developed Alzheimer’s disease.

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On the tests of memory and thinking skills, women who had five or more children had lower scores than women who had fewer children.

According to Mail Online,the researchers said a number of factors could be responsible.

Including a huge surge in the hormone oestrogen, which may be protective in smaller doses but harmful in very large amounts.

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Items in your home and life that might be causing harm to your health.

Chemicals are everywhere , we come into contact knowingly or unknowingly in our homes putting us at a health risk each passing day

Naturopath, Marissa Malvaso, recently revealed to FEMAIL all of the various items in your home and life that might be causing harm to your health.

From your nail varnish being linked with weight gain to toxic toothpaste, potentially carcinogenic detergents and salt that’s linked with Alzheimer’s, here she explains what to look out for.

Marissa also revealed the ‘low-tox’ alternatives to embrace.

According to Marissa, studies have shown that regular nail varnish can be harmful to our health because of something they contain – Triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP:

According to Daily Mail Australia some studies have shown TPHP is an endocrine disruptor, which means it interferes with hormones, and it may be linked to weight gain among other things,’

Of 3,000 nail polishes tested by the scientists in a recent Duke University study, 49 per cent contained the chemical.

Levels of TPHP tend to be higher in women than in men, which scientists believe is due to women’s higher use of chemical-laden cosmetic products.

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According to Marissa, studies have shown that regular nail varnish can be harmful to our health because of something they contain – Triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP:

‘Some studies have shown TPHP is an endocrine disruptor, which means it interferes with hormones, and it may be linked to weight gain among other things,’ she explained to Daily Mail Australia.

Of 3,000 nail polishes tested by the scientists in a recent Duke University study, 49 per cent contained the chemical.

Levels of TPHP tend to be higher in women than in men, which scientists believe is due to women’s higher use of chemical-laden cosmetic products.

The ‘low-tox’ alternative: Instead of lacquering on chemical-filled polish to your tips, try Kester Black’s cruelty-free, vegan, Australian polish ($19.95).

LAUNDRY DETERGENTS AND CARCINOGENS

They might smell nice.

But countless laundry detergents and fabric softeners contain ‘toxic chemicals which can cause allergic reactions and may even be carcinogenic’,’ Marissa said.

SALT AND ALZHEIMER’S 

Marissa said that one of the best things you can do for good health is abolish aluminium.

And while you might not expect it, one of the best places to start is by taking a look at your salt shaker.

‘The anticaking agent (554) sodium aluminosilicate is a toxic heavy metal which can be found in many supermarket varieties of granulated salt,’ she explained.

Himalayan salt

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 ‘By opting for a more natural option like Himalayan, Celtic or natural sea salt, you can significantly lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.’

The ‘low-tox’ alternative: Himalayan, Celtic or natural sea salt.

TOOTHPASTE AND TOXINS

Research shows that a typical household contains more than 60 hazardous chemicals, and Marissa said the health effects of these toxins range from ‘allergic reactions to hormone imbalances’.

One of the things that isn’t great for your health is some toothpastes:

‘Previously used to manufacture nuclear weapons and rat poison, fluouride has a checquered past,’ she explained.

‘If you’re concerned about the toxicity of this mineral, ditch your traditional toothpaste for a natural option.’

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The ‘low-tox’ alternative: Natural toothpastes using ingredients such as spearmint, sage, thyme and tea tree oil.

FERTILISER AND CHEMICALS

Want to look after your plants naturally but don’t know where to start?

Try a natural fertiliser instead of your regular option, that will ‘replenish the minerals in depleted soil while also giving your plants the healthy nutrients they crave’.

The ‘low-tox’ alternative: Apple cider vinegar, Epsom salts or molasses.

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