Rates of Dementia Increase Among Women on Hormone Therapy

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Older women taking combination hormone therapy had twice the rate
of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, compared with women
who did not take the medication, according to new findings
reported in the May 28, 2003 Journal of the American Medical
. The study found the heightened risk of
developing dementia in a study of women 65 and older taking
Prempro, a particular form of estrogen plus progestin hormone

“Because of possible harm in some areas and lack of a
demonstrated benefit in others, we have concluded that
combination hormone therapy should not be prescribed at this time
for older, postmenopausal women to maintain or improve cognitive
function,” says Judith Salerno, M.D., of the National Institute
on Aging at the National Institutes of Health.

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Source: JAMA. 2003;289:2651-2662