Low Estrogen Levels Puts Women at Risk for Stroke

by Laura Ramirez on August 3, 2011

Low estrogen levels have been found to put post menopausal women at risk for stroke. A recent study found that the longer a woman’s brain is deprived of this vital, protective hormone, the fewer estrogen receptors she has. Lack of estrogen also lowers receptor sensitivity. It’s just another case of Mother Nature’s Rule: use it or lose it.

Without supplemental estrogen, receptors in the brain will slowly die off, making future treatment less effective or even impossible. Since estrogen protects the brain, heart and bone, this makes a strong case for supplementing with estrogen during menopause and beyond.

In fact, some researchers are saying that this window is so critical that women who are in peri menopause may also want to consider using hormone replacement. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using an over-the-counter estrogen cream. Our favorite:ᅠSource Naturals Phyto-Estrogen Cream, 4 oz

Researchers discovered that long periods of estrogen deprivation in aging rats have a severe impact on reducing the number of brain receptors for the hormone and increases stroke risk.

According to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the impairment is forestalled if estrogen replacement starts shortly after hormone levels drop.Dr. Darrell W. Brann, Chief of GHSU’s Developmental Neurobiology Program and the study’s corresponding author writes:



“This is further evidence of a critical window for estrogen therapy, either right before or right after menopause.”


Once the number of estrogen receptors have declined, supplementing with estrogen may increase mortality which explains the link between estrogen and disease which caused a lot of controversy over hormone replacement therapy over a decade ago. Again, this is due to the failure to provide estrogen during the critical window of time.

The big lesson here is that women who are going through menopause should consult with their doctors about estrogen hormone replacement early on to keep those receptors in the brain sensitive and high in number.

As a woman going through menopause, what are you doing to protect your health? Please leave your comments below.

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