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.