Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6TH LEADING CAUSE of death in the United States.
MORE THAN 5 MILLION Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
EVERY 67 SECONDS, someone in the United States develops the disease.
Alzheimers Disease (AD) seems to have many different root causes including insulin resistance (AD has been referred to as Type 3 diabetes), exposure to toxins and heavy metals, uncontrolled inflammation, food intolerances and changes in neurotransmitter levels. There is a significant decline in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in AD patients, and a relationship between this and changes in hormone levels. This could be one of the reasons that the disease affects much more women. Estrogen stimulates the synthesis of acetylcholine, which is essential for memory storage. Further, estrogen protects the brain from oxidative stress, amyloid plaque and glutamate induced toxicity. In fact, estrogen replacement has been shown to improve memory and cognition in women with Alzheimer’s disease and lowers the risk of developing AD in the first place. Just replacing Estradiol – the most potent estrogen – slashes women’s AD risk in half.
Progesterone is an anti-inflammatory agent in the brain and increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF supports the survival of nerve cells and encourages the growth of new ones. Progesterone also protects against amyloid plaque toxicity.
The restoration of balanced hormones is an integral part of the treatment and prevention for Alzheimer’s disease. Maintaining optimal hormone levels protects against the damage and degeneration that leads to Alzheimer’s disease in the first place.