OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo 775-870-6942
My personal practice of the Anti Aging sciences focuses on two critical elements. First and foremost, brain health. Second, everything else. Reducing the overt signs of aging such as facial wrinkles and regaining muscle mass isn’t that hard. But it does a client absolutely no good to “look fantastic” if they have no mental capabilities and can’t enjoy the full health benefits of a custom designed anti aging program.
Scientists have spent years examining the question of why women seem more apt to experience Mild Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s than men in later life. Could levels of free testosterone be the missing link? It is undeniable that men have higher levels of testosterone than women in later years.
A recent study examined this proposed link; to predict future cognitive impairment and decline by measuring sex hormone-binding levels and testosterone/estrogen levels at baseline and following the patients into later life.
This study examined whether, among subjects with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Sex Binding Hormone levels could predict a future rate of cognitive decline.
Unfortunately, women declined significantly faster than men in cognition over the follow up period despite differing sex binding hormone levels at baseline.
As of today we are still left with a predictor model of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s as (1) baseline cognition, (2) years of education and (3) female gender.
The direct link between testosterone levels and the appearance of cognitive impairment and/or Alzheimer’s cannot be definitively made at this time; but I am betting that future research will show that free testosterone levels do have cognitive protective properties which give men an inherent advantage over women.
See: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27767986 for full study details.
Yours in Health!
Dr. Ken Romeo
Dr. Ken Romeo is a Principal and Chief Clinical Data Coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research Foundation (HARF) in Reno, NV.
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