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Premature menopause may lead to earlier cognitive decline.

Women who experience menopause around the age of 40 are at risk for earlier cognitive decline than women who go through menopause after age 50. Researchers followed 4,800 women for seven years, periodically measuring their cognitive performance. During that time, about eight percent of the participants experienced premature menopause, according to a paper published May 7, 2014 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Compared to those who experienced menopause later, participants with premature menopause were 40 percent more likely to do poorly on tests of verbal and visual memory, and 35 percent more likely to experience declines in overall mental functioning and psychomotor processing speed (reaction time). The good news: The researchers found no link between premature menopause and higher risk for dementia. Moreover, they uncovered evidence that hormone treatment might help with visual memory.

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Publication:Mind, Mood & Memory
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2014
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