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Estrogen And Dementia
Does estrogen cause dementia? Or does stopping it unmask cognitive changes that would occur naturally?
Not for a quick fix!: Estrogen may diminish the likelihood of dementia, but the effects are not immediate and reflect years of taking the hormone. Memory loss is common in stress or depression, because these issues rob the brain of focus. I would not gicvve a patient estrogen coming in for memory loss. It is a long range benefit, and all other causes must be excluded. ...Read more
Doesn't seem to: Hormone therapy seems to have little or no effect on cognitive function. Estrogen + progestin or estrogen alone are not recommended for women at any age to prevent cognitive decline. Hormone therapy appears to increase the risk of dementia when started in women who are 65 or older. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom stopped estrogen but stayed on cymbalta. Now she says her memory is bad, and she seems to be making strange mistakes. What is wrong? She is 58.
Should a 54 year old menopausal woman with no risk factors take estrogen/progesterone and for how long? What are the risks/ benefits as now understood
Hrt benefits: The women's health initiative showed that healthy women who are within 10 years of menopause can benefit from HRT for symptoms of menopause, prevention of osteoporosis, dementia, and colon cancer. How long one stays on HRT depends on how healthy you remain. Traditional medicine says 2-5 years. As an age management md, i say as long as you stay healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May be challenging: We do accept that subjective cognitive impairment may be a valid complaint of an impending dementia. But many medications can cause cognitive clouding, especially in older folks, and thyroid problems, vitamin deficiency, and elevated homocysteine could be issue. Small strokes and early onset of alzheimers perhaps. Neuropsych testing is best approach, but start with your doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It Depends On You: Answering the same question over & over & over again requires lots of patience and love. If you find yourself becoming frustrated, irritated, impatient, etc, it's time to do something else. We suggest redirection & distraction. With that said, there's no reason to put yourself in that situation. As soon as you realize the same question is being asked, start redirecting & distracting your loved one. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Positive: It has become clear that pets regularly brought into environment of demented patients living in a home setting or a nursing home is very beneficial. They smile more, are less agitated, become more alert, talk more expressing more appropriate emotions and are less depressed. The overall efffect is very positive and therapeutic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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