Melbourne: A new Victorian research hasrevealed that regular testosterone spray may helppost-menopausal women ward off dementia and memory loss. A pilot study run by Monash University`s Women`s HealthProgram researcher Susan Davis said "This is a new frontier."
Their performance in the test did not significantlychange, but the scans showed that in each case, their brainsperformed the test much more effortlessly after six months. "With testosterone treatment, less of the brain areasinvolved with these tasks `lit up`," Davis said adding "Thisindicates that less brain activation was required for thewomen to complete the tasks."Post-menopausal women suffer dementia and memory loss attwice the rate of men aged over 65, a problem that is not wellunderstood. The rapid decline in testosterone production in womenafter menopause could be a factor, because the brain is packedwith testosterone receptors. Previous research had suggested boosting testosteronelevels in women could prevent a decline in brain function, butit had been done with paper-based tests that the subjects gotbetter at over time, masking the effects if any of thehormone. The new research was the first to use MRI scans andAustralian-developed software called CogState, originallydesigned to determine whether a sports player was affected byconcussion or was safe to go back into play. There was no control group in this study, but previousstudies have shown no change in the MRI scans of women who hadnot had testosterone treatment. Davis said it was far too early to call the treatment a"magic bullet".Bureau Report
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