Hormone replacement therapy may raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests, as experts said postmenopausal women should be warned of the possibility.
The Finnish research, which looked at nearly 85,000 women with dementia and the same number who did not have the disease, found using HRT raised the risk of a diagnosis by up to 17 per cent.
It suggests that for every 10,000 women on HRT, up to 18 would develop Alzheimer’s each year, who would not have been diagnosed with the disease had they not been on the therapy.
However charities and the Royal College of GPs said the overall risk was very small and urged women not to be alarmed by the findings.
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard,…