Premature Menopause Tied To Increased Risk Of Mental Decline Later In Life

HealthDay (5/10, Preidt) reported that according to a study published May 7 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, “premature menopause may increase a woman’s risk of mental decline later in life.” The study of some 4,800 women revealed that, “compared to those who began menopause after age 50, women with premature menopause were 40 percent more likely to do poorly on verbal and visual memory tests.”

In addition, they “had a 35 percent higher risk of decline in psychomotor speed (coordination between the brain and the muscles that brings about movement) and overall mental function.” The study authors defined premature menopause as occurring around age 40.

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— “Premature Menopause May Affect Women’s Brains,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, May 9, 2014.

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