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Latest ‘news’ about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the heart

It would be true to say that for every study that claims benefits for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), there is another that says it isn’t beneficial. There are host of reasons why this might be the case and this is not really the place to have this debate – suffice it to say that the latest information from the 49th Annual Meeting of the American College of Cardiology, which was presented in March this year has stated that the claims that HRT can be beneficial to the heart may have been overstated. Continue reading Latest ‘news’ about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the heart

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Hysterectomy reduces risk of cancer and heart disease

Researchers in the United States have found that women who have a hysterectomy that also removes the ovaries have a reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer, other cancers, and heart disease.  Surprisingly, the rate of hip fractures (due to osteoporosis – an expected risk of ovarian removal) did not increase either.

The data comes from the Women’s Health Initiative study of over 25,000 women who had a hysterectomy were post-menopausal, aged over 50 and under 79 and who did not have a family history of ovarian cancer. 56% of the women had their ovaries removed and 79% had taken HRT.

The women were followed for between five and seven years and were monitored for ovarian cancer, heart disease and hip fractures.  Ovarian cancer was found in one in 300 women of the women that just had the removal of the uterus (a hysterectomy), however those who had their ovaries removed as well, found that the risk reduced to one in 500.  However, other studies have shown the opposite effect, at the end of the day it will need more investigation.

 

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Try Beer instead of Red Wine for your heart

According to some new evidence not all alcohol is created equal when it comes to protecting your heart. Dutch researchers have found that spirits and red wine caused a rise in homocysteine levels, which have been associated with a greater risk of heart disease. There was no recorded increase when participants consumed beer. Continue reading Try Beer instead of Red Wine for your heart