Study reveals women brain alters more after menopause
By Maaz Ahmad
June 30, 2022
According to a recent study, menopausal women may have higher levels of a brain biomarker termed white matter hyperintensities than premenopausal women or men of the same age.
White matter hyperintensities are tiny lesions visible on brain scans that become more common with age or with uncontrolled high blood pressure.
These brain biomarkers have been linked in some studies to an increased risk of stroke, Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline.
"White matter hyperintensities increase as the brain ages, and while having them does not mean that a person will develop dementia or have a stroke."
"larger amounts may increase a person's risk," said study author Monique M. B. Breteler, MD, PhD, in Bonn, Germany, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
Our study examined what role menopause may have on amounts of these brain biomarkers.
Our results imply that white matter hyperintensities evolve differently for men and women, where menopause or factors that determine when menopause starts, such as variations in the ageing process.
The study involved 3,410 people with an average age of 54. Of those, 58 per cent were women, and of the women, 59 per cent were postmenopausal.