Memory Loss Confirmed
We're on a roll here. Earlier this week, I posted about a study confirming the cancer survivors experience more and more intense hot flashes than other women. Now comes this study from the University of Pennsylvania, not focusing specifically on cancer survivors, but looking at memory loss after menopause. No shock: they found that it is real. Now we will await the next study that compares cancer survivors to the rest of the population, and we all suspect what that will find.
If there is good news here, it is that the memory loss is worse at the start of menopause and then levels off. Perhaps we adapt or find ways to compensate, but it doesn't just get worse and worse. Here is the beginning of a report from MedPage and then a link to read more:
Study Confirms Cognitive Loss with Menopause
Certain aspects of cognitive function
related to memory declined significantly in
women during the transition from pre- to
postmenopausal status, a comprehensive
neuropsychiatric assessment showed.
Specifically, the ability to remember word
lists declined significantly on tests of
immediate and delayed recall (
both outcomes). The decline was greatest
during the early stages of transition to