Better Verbal Memory In Women Than Men In Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted: Mar 17 2016, 5:32am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Better Verbal Memory in Women Than Men in Alzheimer’s Disease
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  • Female Alzheimer’s Patients may Retain Verbal Capabilities For a Longer Period than Males

It has been found that female Alzheimer’s patients may retain verbal capabilities for a longer period than males with the same disease.

Since women with Alzheimer’s disease remember words better than men of the same category, they are more likely to escape proper diagnosis.

Although both males and females have the same amount of shrinking of brain tissue in the areas responsible for Alzheimer’s, they exhibit this discrepancy. The study, published in Neurology, involved hundreds of patients of both sexes.

It can be seen from an angle that says that women have better verbal skills than men throughout their lives. Thus they may lose their memory at the same rate as men, but their verbal skills remain intact for a longer period of time than men.

When the Alzheimer’s tends to attack their brains, they are protected on a verbal level from the ravages of the dreaded disease. The only problem is that for a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, verbal memory is usually tested via certain methods.

It is here that women may slip through the net that is meant to catch those who have the disease. Thus women may be neglected as a result of this scheme of things.

At the start of Alzheimer’s, there is a slight dysfunction in thinking patterns. Women with Alzheimer’s are only diagnosed by the time their disease is in the advanced stages.

Doctors thus ought to include other tests along with verbal skill gauging in order to be fair with female Alzheimer’s patients. The findings were published in a journal.

The costs to the system are humongous so something has to be done and fast. The fact that women miss out on years of Alzheimer’s treatment since they are diagnosed too late, spells out the words “injustice” in bold letters.

They manage to escape detection for many years and this is a great disadvantage in preventing the onset and progression of this malady of modern times.

Women maintain a façade of normality thanks to their verbal skills and this fools doctors into believing that these females are in fact not doing so bad on the memory front.

However, such is hardly the case in reality. Women are just as vulnerable as men to the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s. The gender differences lie only on the linguistic spectrum and not on the scale of memory loss.

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