Hormone therapy, calcium may lower fracture risk
Based on those results, the Yale scientists decided to study this group of women further, to determine whether widespread coverage about the risks of HRT the combination of estrogen and progestin had persuaded these women to stop taking their estrogen-only therapy, and whether that decision impacted their mortality. Could women without a uterus benefit in some way from estrogen-only therapy, and were they putting their health at risk if they avoided the hormone therapy? Their analysis, published in the American Journal of Public Health, confirmed their suspicions. Before the WHI study, about 90% of women who had a hysterectomy would have relied on estrogen therapy to replace what their reproductive system no longer produced. Following WHI, however, 10% of these women used the hormone, and based on a formula the researchers created to estimate their survival rates, they determined that 50,000 women died during the study period, between 2002 and 2011, prematurely. Dr.
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Hormonal Health and Wellness Center Opens in Rockwall
However, the combination treatment had no effect on women’s bone mineral density – a reflection of osteoporosis and fracture risk, Wactawski-Wende and her team reported in the journal Menopause. 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. Because of the risks, women shouldn’t take hormone therapy just to prevent fractures, Wactawski-Wende said.
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Hormone pellet implants are a non-synthetic, plant-based hormone that is biologically identical to human hormones. Suresh added, “BioTE Medical has developed by far the safest and most effective way for men and women to increase testosterone levels. Dr. Donovitz is a true pioneer in this field and it has been a privilege to work with him.” Dr.
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