Monday, March 15, 2010

Increased Risk of Stroke for Women with Elevated Natural Estrogen

In a recent study conducted in the U.S., researchers found that postmenopausal women with higher levels of natural estrogen who are not receiving hormone therapy have a greater risk of stroke. In addition, researchers found that larger waist size can also increase a woman’s risk of stroke.

For the study, the research panel used data from an osteoporosis study conducted in the late 1980s comprised of white postmenopausal women, none of which were on hormone therapy. Of the women, 247 had suffered a first stroke by the end of the eight year follow-up period, while 243 did not suffer a stroke.

Researchers found that for those women with the highest levels of the strongest form of naturally occurring estrogen, estradiol, the risk of stroke was about 2.3 greater than those with the lowest levels of estradiol.

As for waist size playing a role, data showed that women with waists larger than 34 inches had increased levels of estradiol. The risk of stroke for women with waists larger than 34 inches who had higher levels of this potent form of estrogen was six times higher than those with smaller waists, according to researchers.

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