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Menopause and Alzheimers (Memory Loss)

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As women get older and our bodies begin to change again, we expect to experience the hot flushes, mood swings and irritability caused by the hormonal changes associated with menopause or a hysterectomy. But something we might not expect, but is equally important, is the impact of these hormonal changes on our brains. Alarmingly, women have a 1 in 6 chance of developing alzheimer’s disease – compared to men, whose risk is much lower at 1 in 11. But why is this the case? Researchers are learning more and more about the connections between oestrogen and our brains. Dr Dale Bredesen, an internationally-recognised expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, believes that alzheimer’s is not only preventable, but is also reversible, and he has dedicated his work to studying the disease. Dr Bredesen has talked extensively about the link between our levels of oestrogen and protecting our brains from alzheimer’s. What does alzheimer’s have to do with oestrogen? In a nutshell, oestrogen protects the brain, and when we experience natural or early menopause (via a hysterectomy) our oestrogen  levels drop. Now, let’s get technical. Oestrogen is produced in our female reproductive organs, as well as our adrenal glands and adipose (fatty) tissue. If you’re stressed that your adrenal glands don’t function as well as they should, and if you’re thin on top of that, your estradiol (an oestrogen steroid hormone) levels can plummet if you’re going through menopause. So how does this impact our brain? The protein in our brains can either be cleaved to produce synaptoblastic (brain connection building) or synaptoclastic (brain connection depleting). But how can we make it cleave at the right spot? Estradiol cleaves at the synaptoblastic (good) and inflammatory cytokines cleave at the bad spots (synaptoclastic). So, making sure your adrenal glands are functioning well is vital when going through menopause to ensure you are producing enough oestrogen to protect your brain from alzheimer’s, especially when you are going through menopause. How to know if you’re low in oestrogen The easiest way to know if you’re low in oestrogen? Vaginal dryness and vaginal thinning (thinning of the labia), particularly if you are experiencing or approaching menopause, or have had a hysterectomy. Take home point: When experiencing menopause or a hysterectomy, you must ensure your adrenal glands are functioning well as they take over the production of your brain protecting hormone, oestrogen! How to boost your adrenal gland function? Reduce the load on your adrenal glands by implementing the SD Protocol