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A new study published in PLOS Medicine suggests that reproductive and hormonal factors may be involved in the risk of dementia in women.
The research showed that women with less exposure to the hormone estrogen throughout their lives were more likely to develop this neurological illness. This included certain factors like having a hysterectomy, an early age for starting menstruation, and early menopause.
On the other hand, contraceptive pills, a longer reproductive span, pregnancy, and an older age for menopause were associated with a lower risk of all-cause dementia.
Interestingly, the number of children a woman had was not significantly linked to her dementia risk, which means that the physical experience of childbearing may not play a significant role in this aspect.
The study highlights women’s vulnerability to dementia and the need for further research on contributing biological and social factors.
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