Did you know that dementia in women is more prevalent than you may have realized?
We often hear about heart disease and cancer risk for women, but Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an increasing concern.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides some statistics that shed light on the situation:
- Over 55 million individuals worldwide live with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.
- More than 6 million people in America have Alzheimer’s disease. Among those, almost 4 million are women.
- Women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as they are to develop breast cancer.
- At age 65, a woman has a one-in-five chance of developing Alzheimer’s.
Although these figures may seem alarming, there is promising news. A recent study suggests that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in some at-risk women.
Through a tailored program 0f bioidentical hormone replacement, Renewed Vitality physicians can work to restore your hormone levels to their once youthful balance.
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Dementia in Women: Causes and Risk Factors
Many factors can contribute to dementia, and some can’t be changed, such as:
- Age: The greatest risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is being 65 and older.
- Gender: Women are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as men.
- Genetics: A family history of dementia can put a person at a greater risk of developing it.
However, you may be able to control certain risk factors, including:
- Diet and exercise
- Alcohol use
- Air pollution
- Vitamin and nutritional deficiencies
- Sleep disturbances
- And more
Fortunately, many treatments are ongoing to delay the progression of Alzheimer’s and prevent its development. And the recent study about HRT and dementia in women is promising news.
How Hormone Replacement Therapy May Reduce the Risk of Dementia in Women
The study concentrated on AP0E4, also known as Apolipoprotein E4, a specific gene that increases the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
In the United States, anywhere from 15 to 25% of the population has this gene, but it does not necessarily indicate that the person will develop Alzheimer’s. However, the risk is higher, particularly in women, who may also experience more severe memory and cognitive decline than men.
The research analyzed data from 1,178 women aged over 50. These women were involved in the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia Initiative and had no dementia at the start of the study.
The study tracked the brain health of these women over time and reviewed the results of cognitive tests and brain volumes from MRI scans. Researchers discovered that HRT is linked to better cognitive function, memory, and larger brain volumes in women who have the APOE4 gene, with better results than those without the gene or not on HRT.
Additionally, the research found that HRT is most effective when administered during perimenopause, leading to brains that appear several years younger.
While this is only the first of many studies, it is a positive development.
Optimal hormone balance has been known to significantly enhance memory and cognitive abilities. Now, it may also prevent dementia in women!
However, it’s important that the hormones used are BIOIDENTICAL.
What Makes Bioidentical Hormones Safer?
BHRT for women can appear confusing. You may have heard unclear terminology about hormone replacement therapy, including synthetic, natural, and bioidentical.
Most believe synthetic is bad and natural is good, and in most situations, this is true.
However, the most important issue is whether the hormone is 100% human bioidentical.
The structure of bioidentical hormones is molecularly identical to those produced naturally in a person’s body.
Regarding hormones, the source, whether synthetic or natural, is less important than producing a compound that exactly matches the body’s own hormones. With a bioidentical compound, the body can easily heal itself.
Through treatment with bioidentical hormones, we can help restore your health.
What to Expect When You Come to Renewed Vitality for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
The practitioners at Renewed Vitality tailor and develop a unique treatment plan for each individual.
Through a comprehensive set of laboratory blood tests, we analyze hormone levels and identify anything else that may be slowing you down.
Our practitioners care about you and will listen to your concerns, questions, and symptoms.
Your individualized treatment plan will include the very best bioidentical hormones and natural supplements.
We will be there every step of the way, monitoring hormone levels and your progress toward a happy and healthy life.
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Renewed Vitality is a place of hope. Our knowledgeable providers are experts in their field and take the time to find the underlying causes of hormonal imbalances and illness. We will work with you using proven, scientific-based technology in a warm and compassionate environment to help you restore your health so that you can live a life of vitality and wellness.
Please contact our New Patient Coordinator for your Free Phone Consultation. During your call, she can answer any questions or concerns that you may have and give you additional information about our providers, our protocols and fees, what is covered by insurance and what is not, and any other details you may need.
She can also get you booked for your first appointments if you decide we are a good fit for you.
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