Hormone replacement therapy may slash the odds of menopausal women getting diabetes

Mail Online | 9/24/2019 | Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Hormone replacement therapy may slash the odds of menopausal women getting diabetes, research suggests.

Scientists believe the common treatment may keep blood sugar in check, therefore protecting against the development of type 2 diabetes.

Group - Women - HRT - Year - Rates

A group of women who had been on HRT for a year had far lower rates of the condition than volunteers given a placebo.

Tests revealed they had improved markers of insulin sensitivity and blood glucose since they began the treatment.

Study - Crisis - HRT - Stocks - Bombshell

The study comes amid a nationwide crisis in HRT stocks - and a bombshell Oxford study that found it raised the risk of breast cancer by a third.

Around one million women in the UK turn to treatments to manage the menopause, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

HRT - Form - Pills - Patches - Gels

HRT, which comes in the form of pills, patches and gels, is used by the majority.

It works by replenishing levels of oestrogen and progesterone, which lower as a women approaches menopause, in turn combating symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats.

Women - Health - Initiative - WHI - Organisation

The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) is an organisation at the forefront of debating the benefits and risks of hormone therapy.

The study, led by The Ohio State University Medical Center, used data from a prior study by WHI on 1,362 women.

Cases - Type - Diabetes - Cent - Group

Cases of type 2 diabetes were 21 per cent lower in the group of women taking hormone therapy consisting of a combination of oestrogen and progestin.

The researchers looked at various markers in the women's blood which were collected at the beginning of the study and a year after taking hormone therapy.

Markers - Metabolites - Molecules - Workings - Person

These markers are called metabolites, and are molecules which reflect the inner workings of a person's metabolism.

Approximately 370 metabolites were recorded in the WHI study, but the researchers only looked at nine.

Metabolites - Development

These nine metabolites have previously been linked with the development...
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