Menopause and Memory Loss Coexist Together


Menopause, a natural process among women, reaches new levels of importance. The researchers currentlydiscovered that menopause and memory loss coexist together. Menopause, in middle aged women, queues the onset of physical and mental problems and now memory problems are linked as well.  Women going through menopause show a number of abnormalities and irritating behaviors. In some cases they exhibit forms of mental distress.  Women of all countries are seldom willing to reveal their problems there is no actual cure. And it’s one of many reasons, this vital health problem remains cloudy.

A recent study focused on the memory complaints of midlife women have recently received increased attention. The study, conducted at the University of Illinois- in Chicago (UIC), attempted to determine if women who are experiencing hot flashes during menopause were able to accurately predict their own memory performance.

According to the principal author, Lauren Drogos, “We found that a one-item question: ‘How would you rate your memory in terms of the kinds of problems that you have?’ was the best predictor of verbal memory performance on a list-learning task. We also found that many complaints were related to mood symptoms.”

A recent study by scientists revealed that, women frequently give incomplete answers in cases of menopause. They remain uneasy discussing their bodily affairs or exact conditions. And a taboo still clings that the revelation of menopause will cause them to be viewed as “old.”  That’s why they actually avoid proper therapeutic benefits from medications. Even in the 21st century women are still nervous about their health problems. So, “It was hard to find out the connection between memory loss and menopause”, laments one researcher.

There is now evidence that Menopause and memory loss coexist together. In the US, the average woman becomes menopausal around the age of 51. Common symptoms that occur include hot flashes, sleep disturbance, mood swings and memory problems. However, until recently, it was believed that women were unable to accurately describe their current state of their memory and the changes they experience as they progress through menopause. Often they consider it disarming to confess their memory loss; and they are frequently in denial over memory loss problems.

Despite the difficulties of tests and trials researcher Drogos successfully tested women to seek out the mental challenges and physical problems of menopausal patients. Drogos has found methods allowing the women to thoroughly describe their current memory abilities.  Specifically, a group of sixty-eight women performed a series of memory tests and were then asked to detail the types of memory problems they were experiencing. The study concluded that women were able to accurately rank themselves on a scale from no memory problems to severe.

Using recall of a short story, the deficits seen in memory did not indicate that women were suffering from dementia, nor were they experiencing shortfalls in memory that were impacting daily life. Instead, it was simply indicative that women who experienced memory deficits often recognized the changes which were occurring.

In earlier research, discoveries about menopause showed an increase in hot flashes during night time. Studies have added concerns regarding memory performance in women. Lately, UIC, women’s mental health research program, came to the conclusion that sleep disturbances and stress hormones play major roles in memory loss and hot flashes.

The good news for women concerned about  menopause is that the cognitive decline that occurs appears to be temporary, with performance rebounding early into menopause. Proper sleep and rest are dire needs during this period of life. Further, for those who want to keep both their minds and bodies at peak performance and active, research indicates that leading a non-sedentary lifestyle, keeping mentally active, and having a healthy diet can be the best prevention for cognitive decline. But first of all they should not neglect their problems, there is no shame is the life’s normal functions.

So, researchers announced that menopause and memory loss coexist together. Women should not attempt to conceal the change that is happening to them. It’s your body, your soul and you are uniquely responsible for yourself . Problems arise, but there are solutions. Face the facts, seek help, and this time of life can become easier.

Written by Jayeeta Shamsul

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