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HRT Not Advised for Disease Prevention Post Menopause

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 -- Using hormone therapy to prevent chronic health issues, such as cardiovascular disease and bone loss, in postmenopausal women may do more harm than good, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says.

After reviewing current evidence, the Task Force has issued an updated draft recommendation, reaffirming its final statement issued in 2012. The expert panel advises against the use of hormones to prevent chronic conditions among postmenopausal women, including those who've had their uterus removed.

"It's important to note that this draft recommendation applies only to women who have gone through menopause and are considering hormone therapy to prevent chronic conditions," Task Force member Ann Kurth, Ph.D., of the Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, Conn., said in a USPSTF news release. "It does not apply to women who are considering hormone therapy to manage menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes or night sweats."

The Task Force also said its recommendations don't apply to younger women who've gone through menopause earlier than usual. The recommendations also don't apply to younger women who have undergone surgical menopause. The panel's draft recommendation was posted on the Task Force's website. The public can comment on this draft until June 12.

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Posted: May 2017