Memory loss process proceeds considerably faster than in men than in women. According to American researchers, this is due to the action of the hormone estrogen.
A new study in the US found that with age, men lose their memory faster than women. According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, memory loss is a natural part of the normal aging process and does not necessarily mean that a person develops Alzheimer's disease.
Thus, the loss of memory is typical for all, but for men, this process seems to be happening more rapidly.
In the study, researchers analyzed the structure and activity of the brain in 1246 people aged 30 to 95 who have cognitive functions were normal. As a result, the researchers concluded that, overall, the memory has been steadily declining since the age of 30. This process develops to a ripe old age, when a person crosses the 90-year mark.
The researchers also did brain scans of all participants. The. results showed that the region of the hippocampus, which is crucial in the process of creating memories, gradually begins to decline since the moment man crossed the 30-year mark. The researchers also say that the older a person gets, the faster it is the process of memory loss. Nevertheless, after the age of 40 years old men lose their memory much faster than women. At the same time, the volume of the hippocampus is also rapidly declining in the male brain, especially in the age of 60.
According to the study's authors, to date, the exact cause of such differences in the work of male and female brain still remains a mystery. Nevertheless, they believe that the solution lies in the female hormone estrogen. The thing is that until a certain age estrogen helps protect neurons in the brain of the fair sex from damage.