Memory loss ‘cause’
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.”