Estrogen thought to combat stress-related memory loss

Estrogen is shown to prevent short-term memory loss.

Let's face it: Aging is stressful on both your mind and body, but there are healthy ways to limit these negative effects. According to a recent study, estrogen may protect against stress and associated memory loss in aging women.

In a study performed at the University of California, 42 postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to take estrogen replacement therapy or were given a placebo. Neither the patients nor researcher Alexandra Ycaza knew which of the individuals received the estrogen and which took the placebos. During the study, the women placed their hands in ice water for three minutes, a technique used in research to mimic the effects of a stressful situation. After placing their hand in ice water, the women had to read sentences to see if they were grammatically correct, as well as try to remember the last word of every sentence. The task was repeated after the woman dipped their hands in warm water as well.

"Ycaza found women with the highest estrogen levels performed just as well on the recall test after the ice water trial as after the warm water one. By contrast, women with the lowest estrogen levels performed worse after the ice water," Tanya Lewis reported in the publication Life Science. "The findings suggest that estrogen provides a natural buffer against the negative impact of stress on short-term memory in women."

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