Hormones and Memory DeclineSeptember 1, 2013 September 1, 2013
Low estradiol levels
Research has shown that older women with low estradiol levels were more likely to experience decline in global cognitive function and verbal memory (1). Now researchers at Stanford added to the evidence that bio-identical hormones offer a better choice than conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) for helping ward off memory decline and Alzheimer’s disease.(2)
conjugated equine estrogen have negative effects on cognition
What the researchers say is startling: The study involved 68 women who had reached menopause and were taking hormone replacement for at least one year. They found that compounds containing conjugated equine estrogen have negative effects on cognition whereas bio-identical estrogen (17β-estradiol/17β-E) has a positive or at least did not have negative effects.
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We have been treating patients with bio-identical hormones for many years. When women come to us and they tell us that they have hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia and low libido and can’t think straight and are putting on weight they are not very happy as they go into their peri-menopausal, menopausal years – the beauty about bio-identical hormone therapy is that is can be completely indivualized to each patient. We analyze each patient’s bio-chemistry on a unique basis, this may include a urine sample, it may include blood work, but the key here is to find the dose that is proper for each individual patient and adjusting them accordingly according to their symptoms and their lab work. We have seen tremendous results over the years and I want to stress that not only women, but men as come to us as well for this condition.
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(1) Yaffe K, Barnes D, Lindquist K, Cauley J, Simonsick EM, Penninx B, Satterfield S, Harris T, Cummings SR. Endogenous sex hormone levels and risk of cognitive decline in an older biracial cohort. Neurobiol Aging. 2007 Feb;28(2):171-8.
(2) Wroolie TE, Kenna HA, Williams KE, Powers B, et al. Differences in verbal memory performance in postmenopausal women receiving hormone therapy: 17β-estradiol versus conjugated equine estrogens. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2011 September; 19(9): 792–802.