Female and worried about cognitive decline? Do you understand the link between Alzheimer’s, insulin

PET scan premenopausal and postmenopausal womens brain activity

*The image on the left shows brain activity in a premenopausal woman: the scan to the right shows brain activity in a postmenopausal woman. The brighter colours indicate more brain activity, The scan to the right (menopause) looks ‘greener’ and overall darker, which means that the woman’s brain has substantially lower brain activity (more than 30 percent less) than the one to the left (no signs of menopause).

Knowledge is power, health knowledge is your super power.

Women are more likely to get Alzheimers than men. Women who carry particular gene variants are twice as likely to eventually develop Alzheimer’s as women without the gene. Men have a 1 in 11 chance of developing Alzheimers, as compared to women who have a 1 in 6 at age 65.


People with insulin resistance, in particular those with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of suffering from Alzheimers disease estimated between 50% and 60% higher.


Various herbs and spices, magnesium, Vitamin D, chromium and Omega 3’s are able to modify responsiveness to insulin.

Research findings show us that ovarian oestrodial production in midlife has a role in shaping memory function. Menopause is also linked with an abundance of additional changes, including increased adiposity and inflammation. This predisposes women to fat around the middle, insulin resistance and cognitive deficits. (Christensen A, et al. Front Aging Neurosci. 2015;7:130.)

There are many factors to consider when addressing cognitive decline. Understanding the importance of addressing insulin resistance is key when trying to balance the Hormonal Pituitary Thyroidal Adrenal Gonadal axis (HPTAG).

Functional testing gives us a window to assess risk and is especially powerful when combined with DNA analysis and Genetic variant testing. Knowing your ability to detoxify is another very useful indicator as environmental xenobiotics act as endocrine disruptors that modify intracellular communication and function.

Dementia is a growing problem. We do know that brain function is affected by nutrition - vitamins, omega-3 fats, inflammation, environmental toxins, stress, exercise and deficiencies of hormones. Knowledge is power, health knowledge is brain power.

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