Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm reports that more men than women suffer from Parkinson's disease. In fact, evidence suggests that estrogen may have a protective effect against this neurological disorder, which causes progressively impaired movement and tremors. Parkinson's disease is the result of degenerating cells deep within the brain which short-circuit control centers that direct movement. The reason for cell degeneration is still unknown. Approximately one million Americans suffer from Parkinson's disease.
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, a study conducted at the Mayo Clinic found that women who undergo hysterectomy have a threefold increased risk to develop Parkinson’s disease due to estrogen loss. Women who went through menopause naturally and who received estrogen therapy after menopause had 50 percent reduced risk of developing the disease.