Hormone Replacement for Alzheimer’s

Jan 29, 2018

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Today we tackle one of the more controversial topics around brain health and Alzheimer’s – hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Our guest is Dr Ann Hathaway (no…not the actress) a hormone expert.

In this Episode You Will Learn:

We have an extended conversation about the history of hormone replacement, where the fear of using Premarin (estrogen) and Progestin (Progesterone) in the form of medroxyprogesterone has come from.

We discuss drops in estrogen and its role in Alzheimer’s disease. These changes happen up to 30 years before actual memory problems occur.

We discuss the difference between standard hormone replacement and Bioidentical HRT.

Dr Hathaway answers the question “Why take estrogen and progesterone if nature is saying your levels should be low after menopause?”

Dr Hathaway shares some of her experience with patients on hormone replacements and some of the benefits they have seen and some of the scenarios that she has observed do not respond to HRT.

We discuss testing options and ideal hormone levels for estrogen and progesterone.

Discussion of some other things women can do to optimize their estrogen (eg vitamin D, b-vitamins, dietary strategies).

Dr Hathaway relays statistics on risks vs benefits from the medical literature around the use of estrogen and progesterone hormone therapy.

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1 Comment

  1. Dana Lamm

    Excellent interview on such a relevant topic for we post-menopausal women! I did think that there were going to be a few additional show notes, particularly referencing a couple of papers and I was hoping a couple of the lab tests Dr. Hathaway mentioned. Thank you!


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