Hormone therapy not for disease prevention: study
Some previous studies have suggested that vitamin D may protect against fractures less by strengthening bones than by improving muscle strength and thereby reducing falls, but others have not found the same effect. Hormone therapy has become less common since WHI data linked hormone use to heart disease, stroke and breast cancer, though it’s still considered the most effective treatment for some symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes. Curtis, who wasn’t involved in the new research, said she thinks the pendulum initially swung too far away from hormone therapy, and that doctors are coming to realize it may still help some women. “I think ultimately people have become aware that maybe it’s not the placebo for getting older that some may have perceived it was being marketed as, but that maybe there are benefits for it,” she told Reuters Health.
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JoAnn Manson, the study’s lead author from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told Reuters Health. The new report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looks at women who were part of the original Women’s Health Initiative studies. Those studies were large, randomized trials of hormone therapy that were stopped early when it became clear that women taking estrogen alone or a combination of estrogen and progesterone had higher rates of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, strokes and other health problems. For the new study, Manson and her colleagues analyzed data recorded during the trials and for six to eight years after women stopped taking the hormones.
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Can hormone therapy help protect the brain?
Skin still in good condition. Bladder where it’s supposed to be. Sex still good. Bone density good. Cognition good.
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