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Estrogen Therapy does not Prevent Heart Attacks

In 2002 and 2004, the Women's Health Initiative found no evidence that hormone therapy with estrogen or estrogen with progestin prevents heart attacks. Since then, other studies have come to the same conclusion (Current Opinion in Lipidology, December 3, 2013).

Since taking estrogen is associated with increased risk for breast cancer, most doctors feel that women should not take that hormone unless there is a strong reason for doing so. If they do take estrogen, they should take it at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time.

Many women suffer from hot flushes when they start the menopause. Their upper bodies, arms and faces feel hot, their skin turns red and they sweat. Hot flushes usually last about four minutes and are caused by a down setting of the temperature regulating part of their brain. When you have an infection and your temperature rises above 100 degrees, you sweat to cool off. However, postmenopausal women suffer hot flushes with any rise in temperature, even if it is a rise from only 96 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit.

Your body temperature rises and falls in a set pattern each day. Your body temperature is usually lowest at three o'clock in the morning, at around 96 degrees. It is highest in the early evening at at around 99 degrees. During the course of day and night, your body temperature rises and falls and with every rise, a post-menopausal woman may suffer a hot flush. Sixty-five to 85 percent of women suffer from hot flushes; they persist for five years in 60 percent and for more than 15 years for 10 percent of women.
Alternative treatments for hot flushes

December 15th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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