A recent study by NAMS, revealed interesting facts, that middle aged woman outperform age-matched men on all memory measures.
However, the research also suggested that the memory of women declines as she enter post-menopause. Women report increased forgetfulness and “brain fog” during the menopause transition.
In addition, women are disproportionately at risk for memory impairment and dementia compared with men. Despite these conditions working against them, middle-aged women still outscore their similarly aged male counterparts on all memory measures, according to the study.
The study also found that premenopausal and perimenopausal women outperformed postmenopausal women in a number of key memory areas. Declines in estradiol levels in postmenopausal women were specifically associated with lower rates of initial learning and retrieval of previously recalled information, while memory storage and consolidation were maintained.
Despite these conditions working against them, middle-aged women still outscore their similarly aged male counterparts on all memory measures, the researchers said.
“Brain fog and complaints of memory issues should be taken seriously, as these complaints are associated with memory deficits,” said Jonn Pinkerton, Executive Director at The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) — a US based non-profit organisation.
For the study, the team included 212 men and women aged 45 to 55 years and assessed their episodic memory, executive function, semantic processing, and estimated verbal intelligence through cognitive testing.