Dr. Philip Sarrel discusses new findings recently released related to post menopausal women who have gone through a hysterectomy and hormone replacement therapy use.
The most important thing which comes out of this study is that the women who received estrogen showed over that eleven years a significant decrease, a significant decrease, forty percent fewer heart attacks.
And in every age group, followed for eleven years, after taking estrogen for almost six years, all of the women showed a decrease in developing breast cancer.
They also showed a significant difference in whether they lived or died. The women that received the estrogen, 27 percent fewer deaths compared to the women who got placebo. Namely the estrogen that the women got who lost their uterus was life saving.
What it was given for was to protect the lining of the uterus and the problem with the second hormone is that that created ill effects. The women who received estrogen plus the second hormone, the women who had a uterus, they had an increase in breast cancer, an increase in getting a blood clot, they had an increase in developing a heart attack but that is not true of the women who received the estrogen.
Because the other study made everyone so afraid of using hormones, it got carried over to the use of estrogen only and that is not right.
If you look at the work of what estrogen itself will do, then you see the protective effects.
After the study was finished, then the women in the years following when they had no estrogen, they showed a fifty percent increase in risk of hip fracture compared to the women who had placebo.