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HRT 'may protect against Alzheimer's disease'

HRT 'may protect against Alzheimer's disease'
7th July 2008

The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life may be reduced by having hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during the menopause, according to new research.

A study presented at the British Menopause Society conference found women who were taking medicines to stop their wombs producing oestrogen in order to suppress fibroids were found by doctors to have significantly reduced powers of memory, says the Mail online.

Once they had stopped taking the drugs and oestrogen production resumed, their memories were found to have returned to normal, the website reports.

It states Dr Michael Craig presented the findings, saying: "If you have HRT when the menopause starts, it may help keep your memory.

"But if you leave it too late, then the damage is done."

Meanwhile, a separate study reported on NursingTimes.net suggests eating large amounts of tofu may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

It says lead researcher Eef Hogervorst of Loughborough University has stated tofu may offer protection to younger age groups but heighten the risk of dementia in over-65s.

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