It is said that women are twice more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease as compared to men. The reason behind this finding is not clear, but it is thought that hormonal changes during menopause could be a factor and also the fact that women live longer than men.
The researchers at the Mayo clinic did a study and found that men are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
The MCI is an intermediate stage between the cognitive decline of normal aging and the more prominent decline of dementia.
All people with MCI do not develop Alzheimer’s disease, but MCI is found to increase the risk of developing the disease.
European researchers say that in the current year, the global cost of dementia will increase by $604 billion, which will be 1% of the world’s total domestic product.
It is estimated that around 35 million people are suffering from dementia across the world and the number will double every 20 years, leading to 66 million and 115 million in 2030 and 2050, respectively.
Researchers say that it is not clear why more men suffer from MCI, just like it is not clear why more women suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, more study is required to establish these facts.
Experts also mention that some treatments are available for patients suffering from early dementia or cognitive problems, but for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, there is no known treatment.