Hot flashes linked to memory problems

July 1, 2008 9:11:20 AM PDT
For women undergoing menopause, trouble with forgetting names could be related to the hot flashes they're experiencing. A researcher from the University of Illinois found that the more hot flashes a woman had per day the worse her verbal memory. Nighttime hot flashes had a particularly strong relationship with memory function.

Hot flashes produce a surge of cortisol in the body. It's possible that repeated surges could put women at risk of worse memory decline and other age associated brain changes.

Learn more about this study in the journal Menopause.