I love my dopamine producing neurons. And yet, I consider myself a manly man at heart. It comes as difficult to accept, then, that estrogen keeps dopamine producing neurons alive. This study was done on females, however…
“Without estrogen, more than 30 percent of all the dopamine neurons disappeared in a major area of the brain that produces the neurotransmitter, dopamine, ” Redmond said. “This finding is consistent with a lot of observations for which there has been, until now, no explanation. The results of the study shed light on why men, who have less estrogen in their bodies and more androgen to antagonize it, are more likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease than pre-menopausal women, and why post menopausal women are more likely then to develop the disease.”
The discovery was made after the researchers removed the ovaries of female monkeys, thereby depleting their bodies of estrogen and other gonadal hormones. Within 10 days, key neurons in the brain that protect against Parkinson’s Disease disappeared. (Source: Eurekalert)
Estrogen is a “gonadal” hormone. Awesome. I get the last laugh, estrogen.