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.