Dipping into the CDC mortality data I find many anomalies in the data.
For one thing, elderly women have about a 30% higher death-rate from Alzheimer's than elderly men do. That is unusual especially since men are more likely to be smokers, drinkers or overweight.
It isn't just death-rate. A study in the Netherlands suggests that the Alzheimer's case-rate is five-times higher for women over 90 than it is for men of the same age.
OK, maybe that is due to the husband typically dying seven years before the wife (two years due to men typically being older and five-and-a-half years due to differing life expectancy). So maybe it is the lack of social stimulation effect during that seven years of widowhood.
But then white women have a 10% higher rates from Alzheimer's than black women and a 50% higher death rate than white-Hispanic women. That is both odd and it seems to contradict the protective effects of having a spouse as being the reason for the higher, female death-rate.
Sorting death-rate of white women for Alzheimer's by state seems to generate an "Ah-ha!".
|By comparison, New England has crude death rates below 150 for women between 75-and-84 due to Alzheimers.|
|A graphic representation of the "Cotton Belt". The only state in the top-ten not in the Cotton Belt is Utah.|
|Looking at the same age group of black women, only five of the top-ten states for Alzheimer's for white women show up.|
Asking the question that none dare ask
Is it possible that products used in beauty salons can cause Alzheimer's?
Can anybody speak to the possibility that elderly women in the South might be more likely to dye their hair and/or have a perm than women in New England?
I mention this because recent research has been investigating the possibility of the chemicals used in hair-straightening products (used by black women) being linked to cervical cancer.
Maybe the cliche of the forgetful, blue-haired old-lady driving fifteen under the limit in the left lane with her blinker on is not a cliche but actually an important observation. Maybe the old-lady is daffy because of her blue hair.
If true, it does not bode well for all of those social justice warriors with the rainbow-hair, does it.