NEW YORK, NY / The New York Times / Research / Health / September 14, 2010
Aging: Men Face More Forgetting, and Earlier
By RONI CARYN RABIN
Men develop mild cognitive impairment, often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, earlier and at higher rates than women, according to a new study of almost 2,000 people in their 70s and 80s.
Nineteen percent of the men had mild cognitive impairment, compared with 14 percent of the women. (The percentages do not include those with full-blown dementia, which afflicts roughly 10 percent in this age group.) The study, financed by the National Institute on Aging, was published in the journal Neurology.
Besides men in general, subjects found to be at higher risk for mild cognitive impairment included those who had never been married, those with less than nine years of schooling and those carrying the ApoE4 gene, which is a risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s.
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