Women have ‘younger’ brains than similarly aged men

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A new study has revealed that women have a more youthful brain compared to similar aged male counterparts when it comes to metabolism. The researchers found that with age the rates of metabolism of nutrients slow down in both men and women. However the rates tend to be faster among men than women, they found.

According to Dr. Manu Goyal, an assistant professor of radiology and neurology at the centre, “Females had a younger brain age relative to males.” This means that they are more likely to be capable of being creative or learning new things as they age, he explained.

Goyal and his team, for this study looked at Positron Emission Tomography scans (PET scans) or brain scans of 205 people aged between 20 and 82 years (121 women and 84 men). The team looked at the metabolism rates in the brains of these participants and measured the amount of oxygen and glucose that was being used in different locations of the brains.


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Pondering on the reasons why, Goyal said, “It makes us wonder, are hormones involved in brain metabolism and how it ages?” He speculated it could be genetics as well.

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