Skip to comments.Hormone in Women Linked to Dementia, Study Finds
Posted on 01/02/2012 4:20:38 PM PST by decimon
Researchers have found a possible connection between a hormone found in body fat and the risk of dementia, adding to the growing evidence on the potential link between the condition and diabetes.
A new study found that women with high levels of a hormone called adiponectin were at an increased risk of developing dementia. Scientists say the findings reflect the complicated and still unclear relationships between metabolism, hormones and the brain degeneration that occurs in dementia.
The researchers studied frozen blood samples from 840 of the participants from the large Framingham Heart Study, taken after the patients had been monitored for 13 years. In the 159 people who developed dementia, researchers found high levels of adiponectin.
Adiponectin helps the body use insulin to deliver fuels like glucose to different cells, such as the neurons in the brain. Study author Dr. Ernst Schaefer, a professor of medicine and nutrition at Tufts University, said he and his colleagues were surprised to find that women with high levels of the hormone had an increased risk of dementia.
The researchers also found high levels of the hormone in the men with dementia, but Schaefer said there were not enough men in the study to establish a link as strong as the one in women.
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so...being fat increases risk of dementia?
Seems more reasonable.
I wouldn't automatically draw that conclusion. The hormone is in fat, but does everyone have the hormone? I've read that when a person is going into dementia/Alzheimer's he or she loses a great deal of weight in a short period of time.
The people I know that have Alzheimer's come in all shapes, sizes, and sexes.
Hormone in Women Linked to Dementia, Study Finds
... haven’t we always known this??
Hopefully, if I don’t have too many hormones, I won’t develop AD?
So we’re naturally demented??
You go, girl!
I guess you could go for hormone displacement therapy.
Darlin’, I’ve already refused HRT which is why I’m still alive.
Got the same reply from my daughter when I told her the FREE deals I got at Staples today!!
It's a sign right? She's humoring me right? That's what you're supposed to do with us "naturals", right??
Why do you think they called it PMS?
Because Mad Cow Disease was already taken
Oops. “Displacement?” You might have something there! (Need new reading glasses.)
Since the late bronze age.
Nothing is new.
I won’t say it.
I think the article is saying this hormone can change the metabolism to increase or decrease fat to an unhealthy level and both scenarios can lead to dementia.
Don’t you think it’s kind of ridiculous that “obesity” is being blamed for EVERY medical problem?
I think someone just doesn’t want to see fat people.
I don’t think that’s the bottom line. Likely it’s mostly that women have more body fat by nature, and have this hormone in it. They mention men but don’t have enough empirical study on it.
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