Not Just About Hot Flashes
Posted on March 19, 2019
Every day, researchers around the world work toward developing an effective treatment or prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that causes progressive mental deterioration. In addition to working to find a cure, researchers are also trying to establish exactly what causes Alzheimer’s disease in the first place. Some theories include aging, genetics and exposure to environmental toxins. One recent news report suggested a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and gum disease. And a new study suggests there could be a hormonal link, too — specifically, a relationship between Alzheimer’s and menopause.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that scientists are delving into the connection and how changes in hormones during menopause can contribute to the development of the disease, as nearly two-thirds of the people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are women.
What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that causes a progressive mental decline. Symptoms include loss of memory, personality changes and a decline in the ability to care for oneself. Alzheimer’s affects around 4 million Americans, and the average age of onset for the condition is 65, although some patients see signs as young as 40.
Does Menopause Matter?
When estrogen levels change as a result of menopause, things happen to the body – and the brain. These things can include mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats and memory changes. When estrogen levels take a dip, neural activity declines. Researchers have also discovered that estrogen helps to prevent tau protein and amyloid beta plaques, which have been associated with the development of the condition, from building up.
The consideration of menopause on the development of Alzheimer’s disease also leaves many asking whether hormone therapy could be used as a preventative measure. Concerns about using HRT are also out there, as not all women tolerate it, and it can leave women at risk for other health concerns.
Right now, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease; however, some patients may benefit from personal cell therapy for the condition. Learn more about the power of personal cells by calling Park Avenue Stem Cell today at 917-746-7908.