Monday, March 3, 2014

Diabetes, combined with high estrogen levels increases risk to dementia

According to a new researcher, older women with high levels of estrogen and who also have diabetes are predisposed to the risks of dementia. There were 5,600 women analyzed, above the age of 65, by French researchers who measured levels of estrogen. 4 years later, the researchers analyzed 543 women without dementia and other 132 women with dementia. The final results prove that women with high estrogen levels have doubled risks to dementia. The results of this study are published in Neurology. Even more, 70% of women with high estrogen levels who also have diabetes are mostly predisposed to the development of dementia. The lead investigator of this study is Dr. Pierre-Yves Scarabin, director of research at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Villejuif, France. “Before we make recommendations, we need to do clinical trials. We'd need to see if women on estrogen at age 'X' versus a same-age placebo group who did not get estrogen had the same effect”, said Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Center for Cognitive Health at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

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