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Connection Between Hormone Replacement Therapy and Asthma

Q: Is there a connection between hormone replacement therapy and asthma?

Dr. Donnica:
Taking HRT may increase the risk of developing asthma, according to the Harvard Nurses' Health Study (2000).  This study has followed 121,701 women since 1976.  It found an unusually high number of cases of adult-onset asthma among postmenopausal women currently taking estrogen and progesterone, as well as past users.  The study also concluded that HRT did not increase the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as had been speculated in the past.  As with the results of any single study, however, we cannot make predictions about your individual risk.  You should discuss this with your physician.

Created: 2/15/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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