Memory problems affect more elderly men than women

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IN later years, men are more likely than women to suffer from cognitive impairment, according to a recent study.

The study interviewed 2,050 people between ages 70 and 89 in regards to their memory and medical history, as well as undergoing memory and thinking skills tests.

Nearly 19% of men and 14% of women had mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and according to the Alzheimer’s Association many people who have this go on to develop Alzheimer’s.

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MCI was found to be more common among those with a lower level of education or who had never married.

Study author Dr Ronald Petersen of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (Minnesota, USA) said “this is the first study conducted among community-dwelling persons to find a higher prevalence of MCI in men.”

“If these results are confirmed in other studies, it may suggest that factors related to gender play a rose in the disease. For example, men may experience cognitive decline earlier in life but more gradually, whereas women may transition from normal memory directly to dementia at a later age but more quickly,” he added.


This study was published last week in the journal Neurology.

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