A new study has found that men are more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) than their female counterparts. Researchers assessed 1,450 people with no signs of cognitive impairment over a 15 month period and found that men were 26 per cent more likely to develop MCI than women. Males are also 32 per cent more likely to develop MCI with memory problems, while those with a low level of education have a higher rate of MCI. A spokesperson from the Alzheimer's Society commented: "This exciting research adds to previous evidence that men could be more susceptible to MCI than women. "However we now need further research into why this is the case." Depression is also said to contribute to MCI, with older mental health patients expected to develop MCI within six years of depressive symptoms. Risk factor for MCI is also associated with the severity of mental health experiences, according to researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Centre and the University of California. Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.