Hormone therapy significantly lowers high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, insulin sensitivity and systemic inflammation.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

The American Heart Association published a study Menopause Transition and Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Early Prevention.  The study showed that during menopause, bad cholesterol drastically increases; however, in women who begin hormone therapy early in menopause - that would be the peri-menopausal stage - there is a cardiovascular benefit to being on hormone therapy. The study cited a 50% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.