Saturday, 3 August 2013

Testosterone improves brain function in post-menopausal women

The Women's Health Research Program headed by Professor Susan Davis studied the effects of testosterone on 92 postmenopausal women, aged 55-65 years, for 6 months. During this time the women underwent comprehensive computer based testing for a range of brain functions before treatment. The aim was to see if the women treated with testosterone performed differently on their testing at compared with women treated with placebo. After 26 week of participation in the study, the women who were allocated to use the testosterone gel showed significantly better verbal learning and memory than the women who received placebo treatment. This is the 3rd study carried out by Prof Davis group that shows testosterone improves verbal learning and memory in post-menopausal women.

Her latest results were presented in the US Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, held in San Francisco, June 2013.

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