HRT Appears to Lower Alzheimer's Risk
But Only if You Take it Early
Resnick says it is too soon to recommend that women take HRT solely for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. In an editorial accompanying the study she writes that the results "offer both hope for a possible neuroprotective effect of hormone therapy and frustration that it could be difficult to determine the optimal timing of treatment."
"Unfortunately, we are going to have to wait for the research to evolve over the next few years," she tells WebMD. "Only very preliminary information has been put out there so far with regard to HRT and Alzheimer's. And ultimately, I think the decision to take HRT or not take HRT will be based on individual risk factors."