In an article in Menopause Management, the North American Menopause Society's publication for health professionals, Stanley J. Birge MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Older Adult Health Center, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Made the following points:
- There is an increasing body of evidence that estrogen deficiency accelerates aging of the brain and the expression of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Preliminary evidence suggests that women who take estrogen after menopause reduce their risk of Alzheimers disease by about 50%.
- Postmenopausal women who have not taken estrogen may demonstrate a significant deterioration in their balance and may experience a higher rate of hip fracture.
- One study found that postmenopausal women on estrogen replacement therapy had a 60% reduction in the risk of falling
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