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'HRT may prevent asthma'

Menopausal women have nearly double the risk of suffering respiratory diseases such as asthma, but could protect themselves by taking HRT, the Times reported.

Menopausal women have nearly double the risk of suffering respiratory diseases such as asthma, but could protect themselves by taking HRT, the Times reported.

The source

Researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway found that asthma rates nearly doubled in menopausal women compared with normally menstruating women, attributed to falling oestrogen levels during and after the menopause.

Expert view

Dr Aziz Sheikh, a GP with a special interest in respiratory illness, and professor of primary care research and development at the University of Edinburgh, said: ‘This does not surprise me – the menopause seems to be an important factor in a range of disorders. GPs should not be in a rush to put someone on HRT as a result of this research. Other effective treatments for asthma should be encouraged.'

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