Men have more mild cognitive impairment than Women says Study

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(Best Syndication News) - A study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found that men had mild cognitive impairment was 1.5 times higher more often than women. The study will be published in the September 2, 2010 print issue of Neurology®, which is a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Mild cognitive impairment can lead to Alzheimer's disease. This study found a higher rate of mild cognitive impairment in men. Gender may play a role of mental decline, where a man will have impairment slowly overtime and a women may decline rapidly later in life.

In this study, researchers interviewed and tested 2,050 people ranging in age from 70 to 89 years that were from Olmstead County, Minnesota about their memory and thinking abilities. There was around 10 percent that had dementia. There was 76 percent that had normal memory and thinking abilities. A total of 19 percent of men showed mild cognitive impairment, while there was 14 percent of women showing mild cognitive impairment.

In addition to these findings the researchers also noticed that those that had the lowest level of education or were never married had the higher rates of mild cognitive impairment.

By: N Wilson

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