Many people worry about suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as they age, but the risk of vascular dementia is even greater. Lay people may often use the terms “Alzheimer’s” and “dementia” synonymously, but they are not the same condition.
Currently, no drugs exist that can cure dementia once it has started. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, specifically estrogens, can help prevent the onset of this cruel disease.
Vascular dementia arises from blood flow impairment to the brain. Strokes are often responsible for vascular dementia, but they are not the only cause. Other factors contributing to the risk of developing vascular dementia include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Women should stop smoking and see their doctors to keep their blood pressure and cholesterol at appropriate levels. They should also consider using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which can help keep blood pressure and cholesterol at safe proportions.
However, that is not the primary reason to use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to keep dementia at bay.
How Estrogen Can Help
Menopausal women on estrogen replacement therapy, especially when started right after menopause, have a lower risk of dementia than women who do not undergo such therapy.
In a Norwegian study, the brains of women who had used estrogen replacement therapy and those who had not were compared in MRIs. The results showed that women taking estrogen supplementation had much larger hippocampuses in their brains than those who had not.
The hippocampus is the area of the brain is vital for memory. One caveat: The study showed that women who started estrogen replacement therapy later in life – long after menopause – did not receive the same benefit as those who began treatment relatively soon after menopause, in their early to mid-50s.
Bioidentical Estrogen vs. Synthetic Estrogen
No woman wants to experience vascular dementia, but they also do not want to expose themselves to higher rates of breast cancer or heart disease. However, it is standard estrogen derived from pregnant mare’s urine that poses an increased risk of these diseases.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, made from plant sources such as soy and wild yam, does not increase the risk of breast cancer or heart disease, and may protect against them.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the same on the molecular level as the estrogens the woman produced in her body during her reproductive years. Each woman receives the correct amount for her individual needs, created in a compounding pharmacy.
Contact Dr. Jacobson Today
If you would like more information about the benefits of estrogen in the prevention of vascular dementia, call the offices of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation.