Could HRT be a secret weapon in the war against dementia?
Published: 16th March 2020
This article from The Daily Mail explores the benefits of HRT in tackling menopausal symptoms such as memory loss and brain fog. Psychological symptoms such as these, as well as anxiety and low mood, are the reason most women visit their doctor and seek out treatment for the menopause. This article also takes a look at recent studies by experts, examining the correlation between low oestrogen and Alzheimer's and how hormone replacement can safeguard the brain.
The oestrogen in our bodies actually protects the brain from ageing, and as levels begin to decline during perimenopause and menopause, the brain becomes more vulnerable to Alzheimer's. Replacing the oestrogen as soon as possible is proven to be hugely beneficial for the protection of the brain and cognitive function.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dr Louise Newson says "The menopause is not a disease, but it’s a risk factor for major diseases, including Alzheimer’s.’ Dr Newson also states the other ways taking HRT can improve your long term health. As well as aiding cognitive function and easing short-term menopausal symptoms, HRT is proven to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular problems.
Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was founded by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson, and officially opened in September 2018 by Liz Earle MBE. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, as well as running educational events for primary care clinicians.
Dr Newson is also the founder of the Menopause Doctor website, a free resource since 2017, providing the latest unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women as well as the most recent national and international menopause articles and guidelines for healthcare professionals. The website has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library aimed at patients and healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the menopause.
Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Newson, from which all profits gained from the organisation's activities, such as event sponsorship, delegate fees and speaker's fees, are invested back into the business.