Women have a cutting-edge advantage as they grow older. Men might serve as the head of the family, take decisions and lead the house but it’s a woman who conquers it finally! Men, don’t you ever try challenging your lady during her 50s or 60s. She has got better brains and brawn. Haven’t we seen women taking charge of the household as they mature in age? In fact, what’s all the hype surrounding the longevity of women? There is no denial that Alzheimer’s strikes more women compared to men as women get to live a longer life. At the same time, how do women fare with their cognitive and mind skills as they grow old?
Mars Vs Venus
Ageing brings about inevitable changes to the human body in terms of mental and physical well-being. Bones and muscles lose their strength, skin sags, eyesight is affected, digestion is not as good as before and our memory too starts to blur. Many elderly people start forgetting names, things that they ought to do and in that course of life start repenting it making the situation pathetic for themselves. Its understandable that our brain tends to lose its charm and smartness as someone grows old but a man’s brain shrinks faster than a woman’s brain. Body metabolism takes a back seat and starts to rest as we grow old making weight loss more painful and time-consuming. Likewise, brain metabolism too starts sinking as people grow old with the major difference that a man’s brain loses memory skills faster comparatively.
A new study shows that a woman’s brain appears to be three years younger than a man’s brain of the same age. The study included 121 women and 84 men aged between 20 and 82 years who underwent PET scans to measure oxygen and glucose flow in their brain. Metabolism was measured using measures of how much oxygen and glucose were used at different locations in the brain. An algorithm was used to find the link between age and brain metabolism. Both the men and the women’s data were fed and surprisingly, every time the algorithm tried to age a woman it estimated her numbers to be a little bit lesser than the man. The algorithm judged the women’s brain age to be almost 3.8 years younger than the actual age and a man’s brain to be 2.4 years older than his actual age. It’s clearly visible that its stronger than some of the gender differences that have evolved but it has not surpassed some other differences such as height. This difference between brain age and actual age was not only visible in the older study participants but also in those who were as young as 20 years or so.
Elderly women hold a better advantage when it comes to cognitive abilities as they grow old surpassing men in reasoning and problem-solving skills. This might also be one of the reasons why women are not trapped into greater cognitive decline during their older years compared to men despite falling estrogen levels after menopause. Sail through menopause without much hurdles with the help of nutritive diet plans from our nutritionists and dietitians at www.firsteatright.com. Beyond everything, don’t get carried away by external negative forces that blame it on ageing and old age for any cognitive decline. Believe in yourself, strive hard to stay smart and achieve your goals.
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