Hormone Therapy and Weight Affect Asthma in Women

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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with an increased risk of asthma and wheezing, particularly in lean women, according to a report in the medical journal Thorax.

HRT use raised the risk of asthma, wheeze and hay fever by 57 percent, 60 percent and 48 percent, respectively, lead author Dr. F. Gomez Real, from Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, and colleagues note. In lean women, however, HRT use more than doubled the risk of asthma and wheeze.

Increasing weight was associated with more asthma symptoms, but only in women who did not use HRT, the report indicates.

Asthma, wheeze and hay fever were not significantly associated with menopause, the authors state. Source: Reuters

Hormone replacement therapy takes another rap on the hand. Note that being menopausal is not related to increase symptoms until HRT is added. The March 21st, 2006 seminar will cover the entire hormone system with specific emphasis on replacement therapy options.

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