Loss of memory is a common effect of aging. However, some people have memory problems due to a health condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). It is a condition that includes issues associated with memory, judgment, language, and thinking. People suffering from MCI have increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Common Symptoms of MCI
- Forgetting things frequently
- Difficulty in decision-making
- Lack of judgment abilities
- Not able to remember important events
- Language disturbance
- Deterioration in visuospatial skills
Causes & Risk factors
It is not possible to find out the primary cause of mild cognitive impairment. However, the most common risk factors and causes for MCI are
- Increased age
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Diagnosis & Treatment
There is no specific test to diagnosis MCI. Thus, your physician will have to make a decision based on the given information and noticeable symptoms. At present, there is no specific treatment for MCI, but new treatments developed for Alzheimer’s disease may be tested on MCI patients.
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