Women show faster cognitive decline than men

Subjects ” Neurocognitive Disorders

HealthDay News – Older women may have greater cognitive reserve but faster cognitive decline than men. This is according to a study published online on February 25th in JAMA Network Open.

Deborah A. Levine, MD, of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and colleagues studied the relationship between gender and cognitive decline to better assess the gender differences in dementia risk using pooled data from five cohort studies (1971-2017; 26,088 participants; median) understand follow-up, 7.9 years).

The researchers found that women had significantly higher output levels than men in terms of global cognition (2.20 points higher), executive function (2.13 points higher), and memory (1.89 points higher). However, women had a significantly faster decline in global cognition (-0.07 points per year faster) and executive function (-0.06 points per year faster) than men. The memory losses were similar in men and women.

“Our results suggest that women are at risk of delayed identification of cognitive decline, but more rapid progression of the decline, indicating an increased risk of dementia and disability compared to men. This is in line with research showing that women with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease have faster cognitive decline than men, ”the authors write.

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