Study finds men are more forgetful than women
A new study from Norway has found that men are more forgetful than women, and that's not only when they grow older.
Scientists conducted a population health study, called Hunt3, in which they recruited more than 37,000 men and women between ages 30 and 60. Participants were asked to answer nine questions pertaining to their memory, including whether they experienced any noticeable short- or long-term memory changes or problems.
The researchers found that in both men and women, memory problems increased with age. They said they were surprised, however, that men reported the most memory problems in all age groups. The research, published in the journal BMC Psychology, does not provide evidence for reasons why there are gender differences in memory.
The scientists did note that high blood pressure or high body mass index could have a role in gender differences in memory, researchers said, but more studies are needed to better understand the hypothesized link. Further research could also lead to better understanding of risk factors for dementia, they said.