- Women keep verbal memory longer than men
- Tests for cognitive decline are not sensitive enough and women are not being treated early
- Early diagnosis helps slow progression of disease
(CNN)If you're a woman who has just been diagnosed with mild cognitive decline or Alzheimer's, you might have missed out on years of treatment that could have slowed your disease progression. That's the takeaway from a new study that compared how men and women with varying stages of memory loss respond to verbal learning tests, a key method for diagnosing Alzheimer's and other memory disorders.