Men More at Risk Senile?
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, – Men may be more at risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) compared with women, according to one study.
The study, published Wednesday in the online edition of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, involving as many as 1450 people aged between 70 to 89 years and free of dementia at enrollment underwent memory tests every 15 months for an average of three years.
Participants were also interviewed about their memory by medical professionals. At the end of the study, as many as 296 people have experienced the development of MCI.
The study found that the number of new cases of dementia per year higher in men, 72 of 1,000 people compared with 57 of the 1,000 people in women and 64 of the 1,000 people in men and women combined.
MCI with memory loss is more common in 38 of the 1,000 people from MCI without memory loss, which affects 15 of 1,000 people.
Those with less education or are not married also had higher levels of MCI.
“These results are surprising, given that women generally have higher rates of dementia than men,” said study author Rosebud Roberts, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and member of the American Academy of Neurology.
“Our study suggests that risk factors for mild cognitive impairment should be studied separately in men and women.”