Approximately 2/3 of those that develop Alzheimer’s Disease are females, and that could be due to the loss of estrogen that occurs when a woman experiences menopause. It can reduce the overall metabolism of the brain as well as the body. Based on some research, estrogen can have an anti-aging effect for the brain. This is why some scientists are working on helping the brain to remember as we get older.
Dr. Daniel, a professor at Tulane in the areas of Psychology and Neuroscience, female rats that undergo hormone replacement such as estrogen seem to benefit. The studies show that rats getting estrogen at middle age had better memory than that those that didn’t have any estrogen. The rats in the study had no ovaries, so they weren’t producing any estrogen on their own. Through a pellet implant, the estrogen could be provided to their bloodstream. Read the rest of this entry »