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Published on: February 3, 2012
by Waverley Reader
A Monash University study has shown promising results in the fight against Alzheimer’s. The pilot study, by the Women’s Health Research program, investigated whether testosterone could provide a preventative measure against the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and found the hormone improved learning and memory.
Prof Susan Davis said the preliminary study of post-menopausal women aged 55-70 and a control group returned positive results. “We found a significant improvement for verbal learning, memory and visual learning,” Prof Davis said.
“The aim now is to see whether with larger numbers of women, can we repeat our findings.”
If further results prove positive, Prof Davis said, more money should be spent on researching testosterone and how it could prevent women getting Alzheimer’s.
Glen Waverley’s Jennifer McKenzie was part of the initial trial, having to to rub a gel on to her arm and do memory tests at regular intervals over six months.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity to improve my memory and help others,” the 57-year-old said.
“I’m a baby boomer and we are all coming to the age where we are going to get Alzheimer’s or dementia.”
The program is recruiting participants for its next phase.
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