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For more than 10 years, women who've been going through menopause have been scared away from hormone replacement therapy (HRT). That's because a study that came out in the early 2000s found that there was an increased risk of cancer as well as heart attacks. In fact, millions of women stopped using HRT to ease menopausal symptoms--and doctors stopped prescribing the hormones (a combination of estrogen and progesterone to increase the levels that drop during menopause).
Now scientists from New York University are saying that's not true. After tracking 80 women using HRT for 10 years, and comparing with a group of women who weren't taking hormones, researchers have found that there was no difference between the rates of cancer, diabetes, or other diseases that affect post-menopausal women, according to the study, which was presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Said the study's author, Dr. Lila Nachtigall, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University: "We found women taking HRT over a long period of time to be in very good health. The risks of HRT have definitely been overstated. The benefits outweigh the risks."
via The Telegraph