Chicago’s menopause doctors share women’s health news: hormone therapy started soon after menopause can ease depression, anxiety, hot flashes and other adverse symptoms that many women face, without increasing risks for cardiovascular disease.
That’s the opening paragraph in a Wall Street Journal article titled, “Menopause Therapy Found Less Risky.” The article discussed the initial findings of the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study, or KEEPS.
“We continue to research and learn more about the necessity and the safety of hormone therapy in women. A “therapeutic window” of time for treating menopause to maximize benefits and minimize risk is becoming more clear and well-defined,” said Dr. Paul Savage Ageology CEO and menopause doctor.
“The data showed improvements in cognition, mood, menopausal symptoms, and sexual function in younger women,” says S. Mitchell Harman, MD PhD, director of the Kronos Longevity Research Institute, the organization that sponsored the study. “In addition, some measures showed slight evidence that hormone therapy might be cardio-protective in this age group, although results were not definitive and would require additional study.”
KEEPS was a four-year randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Some of the 727 healthy women aged 42 to 58 who were within three years after menopause were chosen to receive a low-dose horse estrogen pill or skin patch with natural estrogen and cyclic monthly natural progesterone. Others received a placebo.
None of the women who received the hormone therapy reported significant impacts on blood pressure. The women who took the estrogen pills saw a decrease on bad cholesterol and in triglyceride levels. And the skin patch-delivered estrogen appeared to lower insulin resistance.
The researchers also reported no impact on atherosclerosis but saw improvements in
● hot flashes
● night sweats
● sexual function and
● bone density
on women who received the hormone therapy.
What’s more, the researchers report no difference in events like
● breast cancer
● endometrial cancer
● myocardial infarction
● venous thromboembolic disease
among women who received hormone therapy.
The conclusion: KEEPS found many favorable effects of hormone therapy in newly menopausal women. The results offer reassurance for women who are recently menopausal and taking hormone replacement for short-term treatment of menopausal symptoms.
If you are interested in a menopause consultation from a Chicago doctor specializing in hormone therapy and menopause, contact an Ageology menopause physician today to get started.