An article from Rebecca J. Hulem, RN, RNP, Certified Menopause Clinician
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH STUDY - A QUICK OVERVIEW FOR MENOPAUSAL WOMEN
The National Institute of Health recently announced that the "estrogen-alone" arm of the Women's Health Initiative Study, and its memory sub-study, Women's Health Initiative Memory Study, was ending early. This announcement was made from preliminary findings of the Women's Health Initiative estrogen-alone arm, with an initial scientific paper scheduled for April 2004.
After seven years, reported changes versus placebo using "estrogen" only, were as follows:
What's a Woman to do?
It has always been my belief, as a health care practitioner and as a woman, that the development of coronary heart disease (the number one killer of women over 50) and its complications of a possible stroke, start to develop long before a woman enters menopause. Therefore, it is very important to remind ourselves and our patients that there is no magic pill that will protect us from unhealthy lifestyle choices.
The Role of Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy may be beneficial and safe:
I am sure the discussion of hormones and their role in the health of a woman in menopause is far from over. In conclusion, while estrogen-only therapies are contraindicated, estrogen combined with progestins may offer short-term relief for millions of women suffering with menopausal symptoms.
Rebecca J. Hulem has 28 years experience in the medical community and is the author of Feelin' Hot and contributing author to two additional books. To sign up for her free menopause newsletter or for further information, please refer to her website at http://themenopauseexpert.com.
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