Sur­prise HRT ben­e­fit

First For Women - - Health -

Hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy (HRT) is typ­i­cally taken to ease menopause symp­toms like hot flashes, in­som­nia and mood swings—and new re­search in The Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal En­docrinol­ogy & Me­tab­o­lism re­veals that HRT can also trim dan­ger­ous belly fat. In an anal­y­sis of data from 1,053 post­menopausal women, those who used HRT had sig­nif­i­cantly lower lev­els of vis­ceral fat (hard fat around the ab­domen that can harm the or­gans) and less body fat than their coun­ter­parts who had never taken hor­mones. Ac­cord­ing to the study au­thors, HRT helps smooth out the menopause-re­lated hor­monal fluc­tu­a­tions that can cause weight gain.

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