French researchers have found that the risk factors for
developing Alzheimer's disease are dependent on the gender of a person. For
example depressed women and men who have suffered a stroke are at the highest
risk of developing this form of dementia.
The study involved 7,000 people over the age of 65 in the
French cities of Bordeaux, Dijon and Montpellier. At the start of the study
some 40 percent of the participants had mild cognitive impairment, but none of
them had dementia.
The researchers assessed the patients at an interval of
two years and four years and found that men who had suffered a stroke were
three times more likely to suffer from dementia as compared to men who did not
have a stroke.
Additionally women with depression were twice as likely
to develop dementia id they had mild cognitive impairment as compared to women
who did not suffer from depression.
The details of the
study are published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery &