Hi Slacker, thanks- hope you are doing OK.
I'm not quite sure what to think. I guess I was a bit disappointed it didn't seem to show more of a protective effect, and wanted to share it to get sone perspective on it. I wondered about they type of HRT they were using and if it was the same as the equine kind of not, that was of interest, as that seemed to be an issue in the previous Women's health study.
Here is how it is being reported in the British press, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47471142
"GPs are urging women not to be alarmed by research linking long-term hormone replacement therapy (HRT) use with a small increased risk of Alzheimer's.
They say HRT is an effective and safe treatment for most women with menopause symptoms and the risk is "extremely low".
The BMJ research looked at data on 170,000 women in Finland over 14 years.
It found a 9%-17% increased risk for Alzheimer's, particularly in women taking HRT for more than 10 years.
This equates to between nine and 18 extra cases of the disease per year in every 10,000 women aged between 70 and 80, the researchers said.
But the study was observational and, as a result, it cannot be said for certain that other factors had not affected the results.
Other studies have found that HRT actually improves brain function.
The Royal College of GPs said the research does not prove that HRT causes Alzheimer's disease, and women currently taking it should continue to do so.
Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the College, said: "Hormone replacement therapy can be of greatest benefit to many women who are suffering from some of the unpleasant side-effects of the menopause, such as hot flushes and night sweats - and there is a large body of evidence that shows it is an effective and safe treatment for most women.
"We would urge patients not to be alarmed by this research - as the researchers state, any risk is extremely low - and if they are currently taking HRT, to continue doing so as prescribed by their doctor. "
However, she said there were risks with any medication and it was important that women were aware of them.
"To minimise any risk, best practice for most women is to prescribe the lowest possible dose of hormones for the shortest possible time in order to achieve satisfactory relief of symptoms," Prof Stokes-Lampard said."