Women at Lower Risk for Mild Memory Loss than Men!

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Men are considered to be on the higher side of risk of experiencing the stage of memory loss or mild cognitive impairment which occurs generally between aging and dementia, than the female gender, proved by a study which was published on 25th January at an online issue of Neurology. The findings proved to be surprising since it is women who are considered to have higher rates of dementia ailment than men, admitted author of Mayo Clinic, R.O. Roberts. The risk of MCI in women and men combined was much higher in this particular age group of elderly people. This is very disturbing that people now live longer and MCI has a larger impact on the costs of health care, if augmented efforts at prevention are not used to diminish the risk.

According to the National Institutes of Health, “there are many areas of the brain that help you create and retrieve memories. Damage or malfunction of any of these areas can lead to memory loss. Memory loss due to problems with specific brain areas may be different. It may involve only memory of recent or new events, past or remote events, or both. The amnesia may be only for specific events or for all events. The problem may involve learning new information or forming new memories.”

For research, a group consisting 1450 men of age between 70 and 89 were studied. They were free of dementia and were asked to undergo a memory testing for an average of 3 years every 15 months. This group was also interviewed by the medical professionals regarding their memory. By the end of investigation period about 296 individuals from the group of 1450 participants had developed MCI.

The investigators discovered that every year they had new cases of dementia and this number was higher in men than women with 72 per 1000 men and 57 per 1000 women while 64 per 1000 men and women combined. Memory loss with MCI present was more general at 38 per 1000 people as compared to MCI when this memory loss was absent, which influenced 15 per 1000 individuals. The individuals with less education or those who were unmarried also had higher rates of MCI. The investigation recommends that for mild cognitive impairment, risk factors should be studied and focused separately in women and men. Roberts puts forward that about 88% of individuals with MCI or progress towards dementia are reported every year.

 

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