LGBTQ Americans Could Be At Higher Risk For Dementia, Study Finds
Added 07-17-19 06:07:01pm EST - “Research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Convention found that LGBTQ Americans are three times more likely to experience cognitive decline than their non-LGBTQ counterparts.” - Npr.org
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PET scan results that are part of a separate study on Alzheimer's disease at Georgetown University Hospital are seen in May. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption
PET scan results that are part of a separate study on Alzheimer's disease at Georgetown University Hospital are seen in May.
LGBTQ Americans were recently found 29% more likely to report memory loss and confusion — two early signs of dementia— than their straight, cisgender counterparts.
The research, led by the University of California, San Francisco, was released at the 2019 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Los Angeles. A large phone-based survey was conducted across nine states. Out of more than 44,000 adults aged 45 and older, roughly 3% of participants identified themselves as a sexual or gender minority.
Researchers found that more than 14% of LGBTQ participants reported increased rates of subjective cognitive decline, or a self-observed experience of worsening or frequent confusion or memory loss in the past year. That's roughly one in seven adults, the study says, while the rate among straight, cisgender participants was one in ten.
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