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HRT May Reduce Diabetes Risk

But Hormone Therapy Still Isn't for Everyone

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Since diabetes is known to greatly increase a person's risk of heart disease, finding a way to safely reduce that additional risk through the use of HRT could have tremendous potential.

"For example, if you're a postmenopausal woman that hasn't developed heart disease, preventing diabetes -- in theory -- might help you prevent future heart disease," says Friday. "But if you're a diabetic woman who's already faces an increased risk of heart disease, does taking estrogen now make that better or worse? That question remains to be answered."

SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, Jan. 7, 2003 • Alka M. Kanaya, MD, assistant professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco • Eugene Barrett, MD, president-elect, American Diabetes Association • Karen E. Friday, MD, associate professor of medicine, Tulane University • WebMD Feature: "Conflicting Studies Muddy HRT Waters."

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