Men versus Women

by Lois Etienne on February 8, 2012

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Diabetes,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

A new study has found that men in their 70s and 80s may be more likely than women of the same age to develop the memory loss and cognitive problems that often herald Alzheimer’s disease. High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and other known — and treatable — risk factors for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and dementia tend to be more common in men, which may explain the higher rate of MCI. Another factor is that even the treatments for the risk factors, like taking medication for high blood pressure, can give each gender different results.

Physical activity, for instance, is believed to benefit men differently than women. In women, exercise appears to be more likely to prolong life while in men it’s more likely to improve brain function. So, can I gather by that info that I don’t have to exercise to be cognitively superior to my male peers? Okay, couldn’t help myself!

Of course, there always needs to be more studies but it appears that women have another edge to living longer and healthier.

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