The Role of Estrogen in the Development of Age-Related Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
Posted Oct 01 2008 8:19pm
During and after menopause, many women report impairments in cognitive functioning. One of the most controversial issues in medicine today is the decision to prescribe hormone therapy for women as a way to mitigate the physical and cognitive symptoms of menopause. There is some evidence that estrogen therapy (ET) results in the maintenance of a premenopausal level of cognitive functioning1-4 and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer disease (AD).5-8 With many in the baby boom generation now well into menopause, this issue will be of increasing importance in the coming years.