More Guidance For Hormone Replacement Therapy

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About 81% continued follow-up after the planned end of the trials. Findings from a comprehensive analysis of 13 years of cumulative data were published on October 2, 2013, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Women who took estrogen plus progestin had rates of overall illness (such as coronary heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, blood clots in the lungs, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and hip fracture) and death that were 12% higher than women who took placebo pills. In absolute terms, there were 20 more major illnesses or deaths per year for every 10,000 women taking the hormone therapy than for those taking placebo. After the women stopped taking the hormone therapy, there were no lasting effects on overall illness and death.
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Can hormone therapy help protect the brain?

One possible explanation could be that older women already have more memory problems and hormone therapy accelerates the decline. It could also be that a woman’s brain adapts to lower levels of hormones after menopause and hormone therapy disrupts that process. The new study, however, may not have had enough participants to measure any moderate benefits from taking hormone therapy during the early stages of menopause, said Grodstein. “One study is not going to tell us everything,” she said.
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Hormone therapy in the 50s not linked to memory loss

1 in 3 women has a hysterectomy by age 60 so these stats correlate with this surgery that is known to increase risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. I don’t know the specific stats for osteoporosis developing post-hysterectomy but for heart disease the stats are 3 times risk when the uterus is removed and 7.2 times when the uterus and ovaries are removed (castr*tion). Medical studies show that premenopausal or postmenopausal removal of ovaries increases risks of heart disease, stroke, hip fracture, Parkinsonism, dementia, cognitive impairment, depression, and anxiety. With all the harm evident from hysterectomy and the 300,000+ annual removal of healthy ovaries, the media SHOULD BE all over this. And since ACOG deems 76% of these surgeries to be inappropriately recommended, they should be coming down on surgeons who’re guilty of this abuse.
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