Scientists Find Link Between Dementia and Premature Menopause

Scientists Find Link Between Dementia and Premature Menopause
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Tens of millions of people across the world suffer from various forms of dementia, according to the WHO (World Health Organization). The organization also reveals that roughly 10 million new dementia cases are detected every year.

If you don’t want to deal with dementia later in life, you should do your best to prevent menopause before the age of 40. According to CNN, a preliminary study involving more than 153,000 women from the UK Biobank finds a peculiar link between the two conditions, suggesting that you’re 35% more likely to develop dementia if menopause starts before the age of 40 years old.

It remains a modest association

Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, who’s president of the American Heart Association, declared as CNN quotes:

What we see in this study is a modest association between premature menopause and a subsequent risk for dementia.

Premature menopause in women is certainly not something to be taken lightly. Here’s what Lloyd-Jones has to say as quoted by the same source:

It’s a red flag on many levels when a woman goes through premature menopause, as it indicates there may be some underlying genetic, environmental or health behavior issues that we really need to focus on.
The study found that in the case of women who became menopausal until 45 years old, they show 1.3 higher chances to be dealing with early dementia until they reach 65 years old.
Women who face early menopause can reduce the risk of cognitive decline in a few relatively simple ways. They can engage in routine exercise, maintain a healthy weight, participate in educational and leisure activities, and avoid alcohol and smoking, according to Wenting Hao, who’s a doctoral candidate at Shandong University in Jinan (China).
Just in case you need another reason to try your best in not dealing with dementia, remember this: the WHO also says that dementia is the seventh leading cause of death from all diseases.

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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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