Hormone Replacement Therapy Won’t Increase Muscle Strength
Hormone Replacement Therapy has previously been though to prevent loss of muscle strength experienced during menopause, but this has been contradicted by a Philadelphia study.
Post menopausal women who have naturally high levels of estrogen in their blood are often found to have exceptionally high muscle strength, and this had led to the belief that Hormone Replacement Therapy may have the same effect.
However, the study, undertaken by the University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and published in Menopause, contradicts this and suggests that women on Hormone Replacement Therapy experience the same loss of muscle strength as those that go through menopause naturally.
Details of the Hormone Replacement Therapy Study
The study followed 2,400 women over the age of 65 for a period of 6 years. Half of the women took Hormone Replacement Therapy and half took a placebo.
During the study period, the muscle strength and walking speed of the women involved in the study were regularly monitored. The study concluded that there was no discernable difference in the muscle strength or walking speeds of the women in the two groups.
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