Monday December 16, 2019

Late Onset of Menstruation May Spike up Dementia Risk, Says Study

For the study, the researchers involved 6,137 women among which 42 per cent later developed dementia

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Women whose menstruation starts later and those who enter menopause early may have a greater risk of developing dementia, say researchers.

The findings showed that women who had their first menstrual cycle at age 16 or older had a 23 per cent greater risk of dementia than women who had their first menstrual cycle at age 13.

Women who went through natural menopause before age 47 had a 19 per cent greater risk of dementia than women who went through menopause at age 47 or older.

In addition, women who had hysterectomy — surgery to remove all or part of the uterus — had an eight per cent greater risk of dementia than those who did not, according to the study, published in the journal Neurology.

1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia. Pixabay
1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia. Pixabay

“Oestrogen levels can go up and down throughout a woman’s lifetime. Our results show that less exposure to oestrogen over the course of a lifetime is linked to an increased risk of dementia,” said Paola Gilsanz, Researcher at Kaiser Permanente – a US-based healthcare company.

For the study, the researchers involved 6,137 women among which 42 per cent later developed dementia.

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“Since women are 50 per cent more likely to develop dementia over their lifetimes than men, it’s important to study any risk factors that are specific to women that could eventually lead us to potential points of intervention,” Gilsanz suggested. (IANS)

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Tahira Kashyap Along With Karisma Kapoor Encourages Women Fitness

Tahira, who battled the cancer, also spoke about early detection of breast cancer at the fitness event

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Overwhelmed to see so many women participating in running event, Tahira took to Instagram. IANS

Actress Karisma Kapoor and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap on Sunday cheered up for the women who participated in Pinkathon.

They flagged off the marathon at MMRDA, BKC in Mumbai.

Overwhelmed to see so many women participating in running event, Tahira took to Instagram and wrote: “So many hearts, 11000 to be precise! All beating screaming of our existence, of the joy we are, of the happiness we bring to this planet.

“This gender needs to exist in greater numbers, in parity to the other one. Make us live. Make it happen.”

Pinkathon was set up in India by model-actor and fitness enthusiast Milind Soman in 2012 to create awareness about breast cancer and women’s health.

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Actress Karisma Kapoor and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap on Sunday cheered up for the women who participated in Pinkathon. Wikimedia Commons

Tahira, who battled the cancer, also spoke about early detection of breast cancer at the fitness event.

Karisma too posted several pictures from the marathon on her Instagram handle.

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“Amazing to see so many women fitness enthusiasts gathered together for Pinkathon,” Karisma wrote. (IANS)