Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cognitive Impairment Strikes Men More

Not only do women live longer than men, on average, but a new study from the Mayo Clinic suggests they also may keep their cognitive function longer, too. In a study of more than 2,000 adults 70 to 89 years old, researchers found that men were 1.5 times more likely to experience mild cognitive decline than their female counterparts.

Researchers tested elderly men and women in Olmstead County, Minn., for signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition in which people have problems with memory or thinking beyond the decline seen because of normal aging. MCI can be a pre-cursor to Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.
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