Men Lose Their Cognitive Ability Sooner Than Women

Men are losing their thinking ability ahead of women, study shows.

Don’t fear, however, a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment doesn’t mean you are fated to get Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists have yet to come up with a reliable test for who is vulnerable.

What is known is that continuing to learn, read and solve puzzles show positive signs of keeping your mind sharp.

The studied followed 1,450 people between the ages of 70 and 89 in Olmsted County, Minn., who were free of dementia in 2004. They went through testing every 15 months. After three years, 296 people had developed mild cognitive impairment. The study was published in the journal Neurology.

Men were more likely to be diagnosed, with 72 per 1,000 people developing a mild cognitive impairment; in women, the rate of diagnosis was 57 per 1,000. Overall, 6 percent were diagnosed with memory loss.

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