4-6 The estrogens found in women are Estradiol, Estrone and Estriol.
7 These are known as the steroidal estrogens.
8 Estriol is the placental estrogen. It is primarily found in women who are pregnant.
9-10 Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and the Luteinizing Hormones (LH).
The estrogen is said to lower the LDL or what is known as the BAD cholesterol. When LDL is increased, the arteries become less flexible, causing the lack of oxygen distribution to some parts of the body, including the brain.
How to lessen the risk of vascular dementia:
- Keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels normal.
- Keep blood sugar in target range if you a diabetic.
- Lower the homocysteine.
- Controlling of inflammation.
- Use of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Estrogen is the hormone responsible for the secondary characteristics in women.
One of these secondary characteristics is the enlargement of breasts in women. Studies show that during the puberty stage, estrogen may be at its peak. Mutations may occur in these breast cells especially if a woman is exposed to radiation.
Breast cancer is more common in older women than in younger ones because the longer the years a woman has high estrogen level, the higher is the risk for breast cancer.
This shows that women who had their menstruation before the age of 12 and those who had their menopausal period after the age of 55 have higher risk for having breast cancer.