Men Are More Likely To Suffer From Memory Lapse Than Women
The study made by researchers from the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota indicated that a percent established at about 19 from the men questioned in this study, aged between 70 and 89 suffered from mild cognitive impairment, while in the same conditions when it comes to women researchers established a percent of only 14.
The study results were published in the journal Neurology and these findings were obtained after investigating a number of about 2000 subjects, randomly selected from the people living in Olmsted County, Minnesota. All participants to the research were tested in order to establish if there was formed a mild cognitive impairment or dementia related diseases.
But, what is “mild cognitive impairment”? According to The National Institutes of Health the disease is considered to be somewhere between dementia and normal forgetfulness. This means that people who suffer from such a condition have memory problems but they are healthy or normal enough to make their every day activities by their own.
However, the new discovery was considered very curious, but still helpful by specialists who say that memory loss and diseases such as Alzheimer are mostly formed by women, not men. “The gender differences were somewhat surprising to us because most people believe that women are at higher risk than men,” a specialist said according to Reuters.
The specialist also added that mild cognitive impairment can be linked to dementia, but however, this doesn’t mean that everyone will develop it. About 15 percent of the ones that form mild cognitive impairment will also experience dementia, while in general, for the normal population, the chances are much lower, being established at about one or two percent.
Researchers found that mild impairment is more common in older ages, but they also found that the education level can be linked to such a disease forming. It seems that people with a higher level of education were less likely to have cognitive diseases.
How are these findings explained by researchers? It looks like men are more likely to form mild cognitive impairment than women because women don’t form this phase that can be called intermediary, but develop dementia directly from the beginning. And this is how it can also be explained the fact that more women suffer from this disease.
But, once formed, how can it be treated? According to researchers there are no drugs that can be used to treat mild cognitive impairment, but it may be eliminated through a healthy lifestyle and some major changes regarding this aspect. Eating healthy, being physically active, reading or socializing are included here. And specialists say that such lifestyle changes actually work in keeping individuals mentally healthy.11