Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have discovered that the hormone estrogen may help to prevent strokes in women who suffer from premature or early menopause. These findings go completely against the current paradigm which states that estrogen does not help but is a risk factor for stroke no matter what the age of a woman. The full study has been published in the medical journal Menopause.
The researchers of the study combined the results of this most recent study with six other studies from different institutions worldwide. The results were unanimous – estrogen can protect against stroke before 50 years of age, the average age for menopause.
The findings have implications for women who go through early menopause either naturally or because of ovary removal; estrogen should be prescribed for them at least till they turn 50 to reduce the risk for stroke.