Study Suggests Hormone Therapy – Dementia Link

According to research at Stanford and UCLA, there appears to be a link between hormone therapy and dementia. A specific type of hormone therapy may protect areas of the brain responsible for memories in women at risk of developing dementia.

The study included 45 postmenopausal women who had all been using hormone therapy for roughly 10 years. Some of the women were taking estradiol, which is a dominant sex hormone in women and other women in the study had been taking Premarin, which contains a mix of estradiol and many other substances. The women were then divided into two groups randomly, one group stopped hormone therapy for 2 years, and the other group continued for two years.

After the two years,  the researchers did brain scans looking at metabolic activity on all the women and compared these scans to the scans performed at the beginning of the study. Looking at metabolic activity would show whether or not there was any deterioration of brains in women during that period of time.

The women who continued hormone therapy using estradiol seemed to be protected, while the others who stopped all treatment, or were taking the other hormones, showed declines. For more information click here

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New Study Credits Exercise with Reducing Stroke Risk from Hormone Replacement Therapy

Exercise may reduce some of the increased risk of hormone therapy, according to researchers.

Data analysis from the California Teachers Study indicates women being treated with hormones had a 42% increased risk of stroke, however that number dropped to a 30% greater risk if they exercised at least 3.5 hours per week, according to Sophia Wang, PhD, of the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., and colleagues.

According to their findings at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in San Diego.

Wang and colleagues looked at data on 133,479 women enrolled in the California Teachers Study between 1995 and 2010.

Full story: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Menopause/44295

If You are Feeling Tired All The Time, It Could Mean You Need Hormone Therapy

Aging is an interesting thing. Your body changes so much over your lifespan. Your younger years are usually your healthiest, when you feel the most energenic, strong and carefree. As you age, you lose some these feeling. In some, the loss of energy can occur earlier than in others. What causes this? Well for 30 year old men and women, feeling tired all the time can be a indicator of hormone imbalance or difficiency. You may have seen the TV commercials “Is it low-T”? Well if you’re a 30+ year old, and you’re feeling less energy than you used to, or just tired more than usual, this commercial was directed toward you. You could have low testosterone, which is what “Low-T” means. If you’re feeling less energy, more tired than usual and it’s over a period of time, you should see a doctor. There’s a great doctor’s office that provides hormone therapy in Miami, they have an awesome spa there, too. They can test you for hormonal imbalance and if it’s determine that you can benefit from hormone replacement therapy, they can discuss your options and help you decide if it’s a good fit for you. Hormone replacement therapy isn’t going to be the answer for everyone, but for those who are suffering from hormone imbalance, HRT is a life-changer. Feeling young again is worth it, too.