September 9, 2010

More Men Suffer from Cognitive Impairment

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Men are more likely than women to suffer from mild cognitive impairment, which includes symptoms like memory loss, and problems with language, thinking and judgment.  It's often considered the intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more pronounced decline of dementia.

A Mayo Clinic study found that the prevalence of mild cognitive impairment was 1.5 times higher in men than in women. 

"The finding that the frequency of mild cognitive impairment is greater in men was unexpected, since the frequency of Alzheimer's disease is actually greater in women. It warrants further study," Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., neurologist and director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center was quoted as saying.

"If we consider the 16 percent prevalence of mild cognitive impairment in individuals without dementia, then add the 10 to 11 percent of individuals who already have dementia or Alzheimer's disease, we're looking at 25 percent or more of the population aged 70 or older who have dementia or are at risk of developing dementia in the near future. With the aging of America, these numbers are staggering and the impact on the health care economy, as well as on individuals and their families, is quite impressive. The need for early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is increasingly important," Dr. Petersen said.

SOURCE: Neurology, published online September 6, 2010