LGBTs at increased risk of cognitive decline

LGBTs at increased risk of cognitive decline
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Posted on 16 Jul 2019

According to the findings of a new survey, LGBT people report increased rates of memory loss and confusion - two early signs of dementia - compared to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. 


The survey, conducted by researchers from the University of California in San Francisco, included the responses of 44,403 adults aged 45 or older, three percent of whom identified as LGBT. The remainder said they were heterosexual and cisgender. 

One in seven people in sexual and gender minorities reported memory problems that had worsened over the past year. By comparison, 1 in 10 heterosexual and cisgender people reported the same problems. 


Commenting on the findings, one of the researchers, Dr Jason Flatt, said: "While we do not yet know for certain why sexual or gender minority individuals had higher subjective cognitive decline, we believe it may be due to higher rates of depression, inability to work, high stress and a lack of regular access to healthcare.”

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