Monday, September 13, 2010
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition in which people have problems with memory or thinking beyond that explained by the normal rate of ageing. It can lead on to Alzheimer's disease and a new study suggests that it could be more common among men than women. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota studied 2,050 people between the ages of 70 and 89 in Olmstead County, Minnesota. They were interviewed about their memory and their medical history and the researchers tested their memory and thinking skills. 14% were found to have MCI, 10% had dementia and the rest had normal memory and thinking skills. However 19% of the men had MCI, compared to only 14% of the women. People in the study who had a low level of education or who had never married also had a higher rate of MCI.