Dementia and HRT

A new study adds weight to the ‘timing theory’ about HRT which suggests initiation of hormone therapy around the time of menopause may have health benefits, whereas initiation later in life likely carries greater risk.

The study of 1500 women found those taking HRT in midlife had a 26% decreased risk of later dementia, whereas those taking it when older had a 48% increased risk.

Annals of Neurology 2010; online 12 November  

Content Updated 8 December 2010