If peri-menopausal and menopausal women weren’t confused enough, another study was just released by the North American Menopause Society that suggests a glimmer of relief from lifestyle related menopausal symptoms
Results from the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study(KEEPS) reported that hormone pills and patches relieved symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, but didn’t increase cardiac risks. Exciting news it is, however KEEPS examined the immediate results of hormone replacement therapy . The long term affects of HRT such as increased risk of stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure still remain to be an area of concern.
Before sprinting over to your Doctors office for a little relief consider the following:
- KEEPS is To small of a study to make definitive safety recommendations.
- The WHI study was a large study the clearly exposed the risks of long term HRT.
- Read both studies prior to a conversation with your M.D.
- Remember the pendulum in always shifting especially with health concerns.
My advice – Stay current with new information and make an informed decision with your physcian.