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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Friday, January 20, 2023

alzheimers news-does hrt slow down alzheimers


hrt stands for hormone replacement therapy
if you have ever been perimenopausal and got relief from taking the female hormones then you know what hrt stands for

most women who take it take it just during the perimenopausal time period

now it also may have prevented you from getting alzheimers
if you have the apoe 4 gene

thats the late onset alzheimers gene 
if you have one apoe 4 gene your alzheimers risk is increased 5x if you have two apoe 4 genes ie apoe 4 apoe 4 then your risk is 10-20x

its potential benefits are described in this review of the research article

hrt works best when started in the perimenopausal time
ive never had perimenopausal but i lived with it

it was described as a miracle drug by it user

it also may work best to slow down alzheimers in those who have the apoe 4 gene

maybe by affecting cortisol levels in the brain
cortisol is our steroid we make ourselves
high levels have been associated with cognitive decline or memory loss

women who had the apoe 4 gene who took hrt had improvement in memory and cognition and had larger brain volumes

men dont get menopause but i do wonder why they call it menopause
maybe because it makes men pause at what they say to their wives
why not call it femaleopause

now we understand the fog that some women complain of
not all women are affected by the perimenopause
but when they do
they want some relief

women tend to get alzheimers more than men
it may the lack of estrogen that does this 
estrogen affects lipids glucose cortisol levels and neuroinflammation in the brain

of course
they always say
more research needs to be done

for now
consider hrt for perimenopausal symptoms
especially if you know you have the apoe 4 gene
there may be long term benefits
one may be your memory 
discuss with your medical provider

the organicgreen doctor

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