Estrogen Therapy: The Debate Continues

3199

The use of estrogen therapy by postmenopausal women has been widely debated in the past two years.

Published results from randomized studies have indicated a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer, among women on estrogen therapy.

Recently, however, the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle conducted a retrospective study of 6,000 women with diabetes. The researchers concluded that estrogen, with or without progestin, decreased the risk of cardiovascular events among those participating in the study.

Study author Katherine Newton explains the the Group Health study was observational, not randomized; and she also notes that the women in the observational study probably reflected a healthier population.

Estrogen therapy still can help alleviate menopausal symptoms, says Newton, for both diabetic and nondiabetic women. The relative risk for heart disease and cancer, she contends, needs to be examined further.

Diabetes Care, October 2003

Click here to view/write comments
Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer
The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.