Health & FitLGBT people are at a higher risk for dementia, study says
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The link with dementia may be due more to inactive adults' increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, researchers say. The research team examined data from 19 previous studies with about 405,000 participants who were 46 years old on average and followed for an average of 15 years. At the start of these studies, none of these people had dementia and 41 percent of them were inactive. Over the first decade of follow-up, sedentary people were 40 percent more likely to develop dementia, the study found.
suggests that members of the LGBT community are more likely to suffer from dementia and cognitive loss, likely due to social factors.
The study published by the University of California, San Francisco found that LGBT people were 29% more likely to report memory loss, confusion and other symptoms than the straight cisgender population.
The study reported at the annualin Los Angeles said that LGBT people are more likely to report that they’ve noticed trouble with their memories. Although dementia requires a doctor’s diagnosis, that cognitive decline is the first symptom.
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Though there is no certain reason why sexual or gender minority individuals have a higher cognitive decline, Jason Flatt, an assistant professor at the institute for Health & Aging at UCSF,that it “may be due to higher rates of depression, ability to work, high stress, and a lack of regular access to healthcare.”
According to the study, social factors play a major role. LGBT individuals are more likely to live alone, experience discrimination, rejection, harassment and trauma based on their sexual or gender identity, Flatt says.
“LGBT people can’t rely on traditional support structures,” Flatt says. The study points out that LGBT people are nearly 60% more likely to live alone and 59% more likely to not have a caregiver.
LGBT People More Likely to Develop Dementia, New Study Finds
The UCSF study found that LGBT people were 29 percent more likely to report memory loss, confusion and other symptoms than their straight, cisgender counterparts. More than 44,000 adults between the ages of 45 and 80 were interviewed across nine different states. Only 3 percent of those polled identified as LGBT, but researchers found about one in seven of them reported cognitive issues. On the other hand, only about one in ten straight people reported a decline. The study also showed LGBT people were nearly 60 percent more likely to live alone and 59 percent more likely to not have a caregiver.
Flatt notes that survey results don’t mean LGBT people will necessarily have higher incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, but they show a concerning trend that needs additional attention.
“The community really needs greater support, education, screening for their memory, and opportunity to talk to their doctor about these problems,” said Flatt.
Additional research is also needed, and he advocated for the inclusion of questions asking about sexual orientation and gender identity in national surveys. Otherwise, “how are we going to see how the community does over time?” he.
"Heal homosexual children": the "irresponsible" remarks of the pope denounced by the associations LGBT
Asked Sunday on what he would advise parents discovering the homosexuality of their child, the pope affirmed that "there is many things to do by psychiatry.
The associations for the defense of LGBT rights in France (lesbian, gay, bi, trans) have denounced Monday, August 27, the "irresponsible" remarks made the day before by Pope Francis advocating the use of psychiatry when parents see the homosexual orientations of their children.
To a journalist who asked the pope what he would say to parents discovering the homosexual orientations of their child, the pontiff answered that "there is much to do by psychiatry, to see how things are ".Incitement to "hatred of LGBT people"
Homosexuality has not been on the list of mental illnesses of the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1990. According to Clemence Zamora-Cruz, spokesman for the 'Inter-LGBT, the pope's words' refer to the idea that homosexuality is a disease. But if there is an illness, it is this homophobia rooted in society that persecutes LGBT people. "
These words are "shocking because they target children," she continued, recalling that "studies have shown that the risk of suicide is higher than average among LGBT youth." "Serious and irresponsible", these words "incite hatred of LGBT people in our societies already marked by high levels of homophobia and transphobia", reacted for its part SOS Homophobia on Twitter.Counterfeit to pedophilia cases
"I wish that Pope Francis does not use homosexuals to stop talking about pedophile priests," commented Catherine Michaud, president of GayLib, LGBT center-right movement , calling his words "irresponsible, outrageous and homophobic".
"It is very surprising to regularly hear moral counsel and judgments from the Church" in which "some people are unable to denounce pedocriminal acts committed by priests, who should be the first to receive psychiatric care ", Also denounced in a statement the Association of homoparental families.
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