Can Estrogen Help Prevent This Silent Killer?

Alzheimer's disease the silent killer, Alzheimer's disease signs and symptoms, Alzheimer's disease and estrogen deficiency,Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.

A symptom of estrogen deficiency that many women fear is the decline in memory and mental concentration. Our mothers and grandmothers often accepted this as a necessary consequence of aging. Postmenopausal women often describe it as “brain fog” and “fuzzy thinking.” They especially notice problems with word retrieval and remembering names and phone numbers they could easily recall before menopause.

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