We live in a modern world with many environmental toxins and other threats to our brain health. Women have a slightly greater risk of developing various chronic diseases that affect their brain health, mental health, and cognition.
These threats include a poor diet, stress levels, lack of sleep or poor sleep, and lack of activity. As we age, changes in our hormonal balance may also negatively impact our cognitive and mental wellness.
In addition, women experiencing hormonal imbalance during perimenopause may be at a higher risk than at other times of their lives. This is due to decreasing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which can cause symptoms that directly impact long-term brain health.
Poor sleep is a known risk factor in cognitive decline, and hormonal changes during perimenopause can result in night sweats and disruptions in sleep patterns. Perimenopause can be a time of anxiety and depression, which brings about more stress. Our bodies respond differently to blood glucose levels, often losing the ability to manage those levels resulting in glucose intolerance or type 2 diabetes. All of these are risk factors for dementia.
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