Increased risk of dementia by the end of the period?
Researchers have now found that the timing of menopause and menopause can indicate a higher risk of dementia. If the period begins late in women or if they go into the menopause early, this is associated with an increased risk of developing dementia.
The current study by US healthcare company, Kaiser Permanente, has found that women who are late or start early in the period are at a significantly higher risk of t dementia. The results of the study were published in the English magazine “Neurology”.
Over 6,000 women were examined for the study
When women have their first menstrual cycle at 16 or later, their chance of developing dementia increases by almost 25 per cent. Those who entered the menopause before 47 years of age had a risk of developing nearly 20 per cent of dementia. Those affected experience a decline in cognitive and physical abilities and behavior. There is currently no cure for the disease. It is important to examine the risk factors specific to women that could lead to potential intervention points, the authors of the study explain. More than 6,000 female participants were included in the current study. These women were medically examined and questionnaires were also completed which included deciding when they had their first period, whether they had already gone through the menopause and whether they had had a hysterectomy like that. it is called. The researchers then calculated the number of reproductive years in each participant. Around 42 per cent of women became ill with dementia later in life.
The number of reproductive years can indicate the risk of dementia
The researchers found that women who started their first sixteen years of age or older, 23 per cent were more likely to suffer from dementia than women who were at the age of 13 years. In addition, the results showed that women who entered the menopause before 47 years of age were 19 per cent more likely to develop dementia than women who entered the menopause at 47 years of age. For the whole reproductive years, from the first menopause to the menopause, women under 34 were 20 per cent more likely to develop dementia. In addition, women who had hysterectomies (removal of the womb) had an eight per cent higher risk of dementia than women who had not had such surgery. Women should no longer consider this risk as a reason for choosing a hysterectomy.
Estrogen can affect the risk of dementia
Although researchers are not sure why a shorter reproductive window is associated with an increased risk of dementia, they hypothesise that hormone levels could play a role. Previous research has already shown that estrogen stimulates energy expenditure and has inflammatory properties. Estrogen levels can go up or down throughout a woman's lifetime. The results show that lower estrogen connection over life is associated with an increased risk of dementia, the authors explain. However, further studies are needed to consider factors that also affect estrogen levels, such as birth control and pregnancy.
How to protect yourself from dementia
To protect yourself from starting dementia, you should exercise and exercise adequately. You should also pay attention to a healthy diet and necessarily remain active socially and mentally. Not only have these factors been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, they also have other positive effects on your life and your health. (As)