Estrogen Helps Women With Alzheimer's Disease
May 6, 2007 4:23pm CST
Doctors, have found that higher doses of estrogen may enhance memory and attention for postmenopausal women with Alzheimer's disease. The findings appear in the current issue of the journal Neurology. In this study, 20 women received either estrogen or a placebo through a skin patch. Short-term administration of a higher dose of estrogen produced a significant improvement in verbal memory, visual memory, and attention in postmenopausal women with AD. Earlier studies have suggested that estrogen may somehow protect nerve cells in the brain and prevent their death, although it is unknown exactly how. It also appears to slow the progression of AD and perhaps even prevent it in women who do not already have the disease. Now a larger study over longer treatment duration is needed to confirm the therapeutic potential of estrogen replacement.
• United States
7 May 07
I don't know if they are right. I think it is the testorole that helps the memory. I had both and stopped the test, and my memory got bad again. I have been on estrogen for 30 years, and it doesn't help my mind at all. I am going down, and know it. It's scary.
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 May 07
It would be wonderful if it was found to be a proven fact that higher doses of estrogen would slow the progression of Alzheimers. It's such a terrible disease. I have heard this before - let's hope it's a fact one day.
6 May 07
The former studies regarding estrogen treatment though should not be forgotten, showing an increase in under more CVD there are risks involved in taking estrogen. The current belief is that timing would be key, but still it is far from sure whether hormonal therapy will actually give any form of a prolonged life.