Menopause causes metabolic changes in the brain, which may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease

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A new study has shown that menopause causes metabolic changes in the brain that can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Specialists from the Medical College Weil Cornell and the University of Arizona can help to solve long-standing mystery about Alzheimer’s disease, namely, why women are more likely to suffer neurodegenerative disorder than men, even considering the fact that women on average live longer. Researchers say the findings also may eventually lead to the development of new screening tests and early interventions to reverse or slow down the observed metabolic changes.

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans, including one-third over 85. “This study suggests that in women, the critical period occurs when they reach 40-50 years. Then it is possible to detect metabolic changes responsible for a higher risk of developing the disease and, therefore, strategies for its reduction,” says lead author of the experiment Dr. Lisa Mosconi (Mosconi Lisa).

The results of the study were published in the journal “PLoS One”.

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