Women are more likely to suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's than men:Study


A recent US study found that So far, the origins of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease were little known. But now a study by Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, professor of psychiatry at Duke University in North Carolina, shows that gender is a factor affecting the chances of suffering from these diseases.

According to this research, cognitive status (ability to store knowledge, ed) women degrades twice as fast as that of men. And women with disorders of this kind sink twice as fast in dementia and can also suffer from Alzheimer’s. It is in an interview he gave to the New York Times that the doctor detailed the results of its research.

In reaching this conclusion, Dr. Murali Doraiswamy followed for eight years the health of 398 people, mostly in their seventies. Among the 141 women and 257 men who participated in the study all suffered from cognitive impairment manifested by memory loss. But observations conducted have shown ” that there may be genetic risk factors specific environmental or gender can influence the rate of degradation of cognitive abilities”, as explained by Professor in psychiatry.

In the US, 66% of people with Alzheimer’s are women

Before the results of the study, the specialist tried to find an explanation of the rapid memory decline in women. From the responses brought by Dr. Doraiswamy and colleagues, the fact that women bear less stress and are more prone to depression than men, increases the risk of suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. But the specific factors of this feminine evil have not yet been identified by researchers: ” We have not done enough research to determine the variations between the sexes ” confessed Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco.