Mem­ory loss ‘cause’

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE menopause trig­gers brain changes that could in­crease a woman’s risk of get­ting Alzheimer’s, re­search sug­gests.

Women are more likely to be di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease.

US sci­en­tists found women who were post-menopausal or ap­proach­ing the menopause had much lower lev­els of glu­cose me­tab­o­lism in key parts of the brain.

Dr Lisa Mosconi, from Weill Cornell Med­i­cal Col­lege in New York, said: “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 age­ing and Alzheimer’s dis­ease.”

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