At every age of our lives quality and independence are vital to happiness and productivity. Aging gracefully is so much more than just how we look. At LongevityMed improving the quality of your life as you age is what we do. The aging process brings with it not only the physical changes we all know and see, but also can bring about changes in our cognition, mental health and brain function. With Hormone Replacement Therapy there is a difference we can see and feel in both our physical as well as our brain’s health.
It is estimated that 6,000 U.S. women reach menopause every day. By the year 2020, Forty-six million women will be older than age 55. As of January 2012 there were 10 million women who either have Alzheimer’s or care for someone with this disease. This number could triple as 78 million Baby Boomers (male and female) enter into their golden years. By 2050, costs for treating Alzheimers is estimated to reach a jaw-dropping $20 trillion.
Research has shown, and scientists report a clear connection between declining estrogen and a number of diseases including Alzheimer’s.
In January 2013, it was reported that over 60 percent of midlife women complained of some cognitive difficulty. (Ranging from poor recall of names/words, to loss of work efficiency). As early as 2002 an article published stated that some serious cognitive diseases could be delayed through the use of estrogen and testosterone therapy. Estrogen was found to protect the neurons of the brain, preventing the accumulation of a protein fragment associated with Alzheimer’s. This protein acts like a corrosive material that coats the neurons. As estrogen levels decline with menopause the ability of our body to discard this protein is reduced. Estrogen replacement works to prevent the accumulation of this protein.
Long term replacement of estrogen can help solve issues in areas of the body you may not realize are connected to estrogen and menopause. Some of these are, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, weight gain, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, all diseases associated with aging just as Alzheimer’s.
As more and more research studies are making the connection with age-related disorders and lack of vital hormones, we at LongevityMed are making this information available to our patients. Being aware of these potential aging issues, along with the knowledge that this breakthrough information provides to your overall health and well being can help you make decisions on a track of treatment that may protect you treatment process opportunity to help protect our bodies and brain is our focus. To prevent or delay any of these age-related disorders and maintain quality and independence throughout our lives is our goal.