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UW begins study of effects of estrogen lack on women's heart disease

Posted Oct 01 2008 8:20pm
A study of the effects of estrogen deficiency on body-fat distribution and cholesterol metabolism has been launched by the University of Washington, to determine why and how the risk of coronary artery disease increases in women as they age.The two-year study, a joint effort of the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, will be supported by a $200,000 grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's "Better Health for Women: A Global Health Program."Many middle-aged men develop abdominal fat, as a result of a combination of genetic tendencies and lifestyle factors like physical inactivity and diet. Before menopause, most women are protected from accumulating abdominal fat and from coronary artery disease. But after menopause, women develop the same tendency as men to accumulate abdominal fat, reflecting their increasing risk for coronary artery disease.

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