“Our findings show that the loss of oestrogen in menopause doesn’t just diminish fertility.
It also means the loss of a key neuroprotective element in the female brain
and a higher vulnerability to brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Dr. Lisa Mosconi
“We urgently need to address these problems because, currently, 850 million women worldwide are entering or have entered menopause,” she warns. “Our studies demonstrate,” Dr. Mosconi says, “that women need medical attention in their 40s, well in advance of any endocrine or neurological symptoms.”
There may be a “critical window of opportunity when women are in their 40s and 50s, to detect metabolic signs of higher Alzheimer’s risk and apply strategies to reduce that risk.”
Antioxidant-rich foods, such as flaxseeds, and exercise may help to maintain healthy oestrogen levels, she suggests.
Regarding hormone replacement therapies, Dr. Mosconi explains, “We believe that more research is needed to test their efficacy and safety at the very early stages of menopause, and to correlate hormonal changes with the risk of Alzheimer’s.”
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