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Estrogen essential for rapid neural activity

Estrogen essential for rapid neural activity


Many peri- and post-menopausal women report cognitive difficulties such as difficulty concentrating, fuzzy thinking, and memory problems. The connection between these issues and the role of estrogen has until recently remained unclear: estrogen is known to play a myriad of roles in various areas of the brain, and estrogen declination is associated with cognitive changes, but estrogen therapy does not improve memory function in postmenopausal women.

However, a recent study published in the Journal of American Medicine sheds some light on estrogen's affects on neural activity and a person's ability to concentrate. A team of researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine examined this connection by following 46 menopausal women ranging in age from 33 to 61. Three weeks prior to the test, the subjects were started on either a placebo or estrogen treatment. The researchers then measured brain activity as the women attempted to memorize and remember nonsense words or foreign letters.

brain activity can be affected by lack of estrogen during menopause
When the brain activity patterns of the two groups were compared, researchers found that the women who were given estrogen had faster neural responses than women in the placebo group. These findings suggest that estrogen helps older women's brains to maintain the same kind of rapid neural activity of younger people. However, although estrogen increased neural activity, when administered to postmenopausal women it did not actually improve their memory.

Although the connection of estrogen therapy to cognitive activity in postmenopausal women is still being debated, this and other studies seem to show that even if the hormone does not improve long-term memory, it increases neural activity, thereby eliminating difficulty concentrating and even boosting the short-term memory.

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