Dawn Fitch says she has always eaten healthy food — no sugar, no junk food — and never had a weight problem until she started hormone therapy for fertility purposes. “My weight ballooned. I was at 166 pounds at one point and had never been that heavy,” she says. A confessed non-exerciser, Fitch joined a kickboxing class where her daughter was taking karate lessons because she thought it was “interesting.” After three years, she found a new instructor at Unique Fitness Extreme who took kickboxing to a new level for her. “The class is hard. He’s brutal but thorough and good. I was with the previous instructor for three years and lost only 10 pounds. I started with Chris last May and, with only two classes a week and not changing what I’m eating, I’ve lost 40 pounds,” says Fitch. The class runs 45 minutes to an hour and ranges from five and 10 people. “I really don’t like to exercise. In fact, I hate the … [Read more...] about Retired library clerk drops hormone therapy weight with kickboxing
(CBS) Women who take hormone supplements to ease symptoms of menopause - night sweats and hot flashes, for example - might want to reconsider whether the benefits are worth the risk.For eight years we've known that hormone replacement therapy can boost a woman's risk of heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, and blood clots. Now a new study shows that in addition to being more likely to get cancer, women who take the popular hormone drug Prempro are more likely to have cancer that proves deadly. The study, a follow-up on the Women's Health Initiative's ground-breaking 2002 study, showed that women who had taken Prempro were more likely (23.7 percent compared to 16.2 percent in a placebo group) to develop cancerous lymph nodes, which are associated with advanced breast cancer. So says the study's lead researcher, Dr. Rowan T. Chlebowski of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.The study was published in the October 20 issue of the "Journal of the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Hormone Therapy: Study Says It Makes Breast Cancer More Likely
A panel of doctors who advise the government on medical policy say women should not take hormones to reduce their risk for chronic disease. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation against hormonal therapy doesn't apply to women who use it to treat menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes. But outside of this use, women who opt for long-term hormonal therapy may face more risks than benefits, the task force said. U.S. panel advises against hormone therapy for healthy older women Long-term hormone use ups breast cancer risk, even estrogen Estrogen pills reduce breast cancer risk in study of menopausal women "In the past, it was thought that taking hormones after menopause ended might reduce a woman's risk of developing certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease or dementia," Task Force member Dr. Kirstin Bibbins-Domingo, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, said in an emailed statement. "However, its use … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Task Force against hormone therapy for disease prevention
Women who are past menopause and healthy should not use hormone replacement therapy in hopes of warding off dementia, bone fractures or heart disease, says a new analysis by the government task force that weighs the risks and benefits of screening and other therapies aimed at preventing illness. The recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not necessarily apply to women who use hormone replacement therapy to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. The balance of harm and benefits for that use is expected to be addressed soon in a report by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The task force found limited evidence that hormones protect against bone fractures, and no evidence that they reduce the most probable threat — heart disease. It also found that for most menopausal women using hormone therapy, the risk of developing dementia later in life actually rose a bit. Against such sparse benefits, the … [Read more...] about Warning is sounded against hormone therapy
Ovarian cancer rates in the U.S. began to decline faster in 2002 around the time many older women went off hormone replacement therapy, according to a new study. That year, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) found that estrogen or estrogen plus progestin hormone therapy, prescribed for the symptoms of menopause, was linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, stroke and heart attack. In a new analysis using census data, researchers found that ovarian cancer rates were falling by about one percent each year before 2002, then dropped by more than two percent per year. The findings don't mean there's a cause-effect relationship between ovarian cancer and the hormone treatments, lead author Hannah Yang of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, told Reuters Health by email. But the association is compelling, she said. "Understanding exposures, such as (hormone therapy), within at-risk populations is useful for overall cancer prevention and control strategies, particularly … [Read more...] about Ovarian cancer drop linked to drop in hormone therapy?