Feds Announce New Recommendations About Hormone Replacement Therapy For Women


Look North. SOME IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS RELEASED ABOUT HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY FOR WOMEN. IT COMES FROM THE U.S. WOMEN’S TASK FORCE THAT MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT MEDICAL PREVENTION. DR. BEN CARSON IS HERE WITH — DOCTOR MAX GOMEZ IS HERE NOW WITH MORE. YES. THE RECOMMENDATION IS RECOMMENDING AGAINST HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY, OR HRT, FOR PREVENTION OF CHRONIC CONDITIONS IN POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN THAT LEAVES LOTS OF AREAS WHERE HRT MAY ACTUALLY BE BENEFICIAL FOR MANY WOMEN. HRT GOT A BAD NAME IN THE 19190S WITH PUBLICATIONS IN THE WOMEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE FINDINGS WHICH SAY THE RISK OF HRT ESPECIALLY IN BREAST AND UTERINE CANCER OUTWEIGHED THE BENEFITS. THE FINDINGS HAVE SINCE BEEN REVISED AND AT LEAST PARTIALLY RETRACTED. OVER THE 18 YEARS OF FOLLOW- UP THERE WAS NO INCREASE OR DECREASE IN THE ALL CAUSE MORTALITY RATES. Reporter: WHAT WAS LESS CLEAR IS WHETHER HRT WAS USEFUL IN PREVENTING CHRONIC CONDITIONS SUCH AS IN FRACTURES AND DIABETES. SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WAS EXAMINED AND RECOMMEND AGAINST USING IT FOR CHRONIC CONDITIONS AND WOMEN THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH MENOPAUSE BECAUSE THEIR RISKS EXCEED THE BENEFITS, A VERY SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATION THAT EXPERTS SAY SHOULD NOT BE INTERRUPTED TO MEAN HRT SHOULD NOT EVER BE USED. IT HAS TO BE INDIVIDUALIZED BASED ON A WOMAN’S OWN RISK FACTORS. THEIR OWN FAMILY RISK OF CANCER, SMOKERS, OBESE, AND FAMILY HISTORY OF HEART DISEASE, BLOOD CLOTS AND MORE. Reporter: WHICH IS WHAT THIS WOMAN DID AND IS VERY HAPPY WITH HER HRT. I FELT SHARPER. MY USUAL STABLE MOOD RETURNED. WHICH MY HUSBAND WAS HAPPY ABOUT. THE HRT RISK BENEFIT EQUATION CAN BE COMPLICATED. HAS A WOMAN GONE THROUGH MENOPAUSE, DOES SHE STILL HAVE HER UTERUS. ARE WE TALKING ABOUT ESTROGEN ALONE OR ESTROGEN PLUS PROGESTERONE. YOU HAVE TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT THOSE INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS. THERE ARE NEW MEDICATIONS OUT THERE THAT ACTUALLY ACT LIKE HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY BUT ARE MUCH SAFER, AS WELL SO IT IS EVEN MORE COMPLICATED. YOU HAVE TO TALK TOWER DOCTOR.

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