Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Increase the Risk of Cataracts in Women?

March 9, 2010

According to MedPage Today, a recent study found that women who receive hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to counter the drop in estrogen levels after menopause are more likely to suffer from cataracts.

Specifically, compared with women who never had HRT, the risk of needing cataract surgery was 14% higher among those who received HRT at any point their lives. Higher intake of alcohol increased the risk.

Researchers suggested that exogenous estrogens, such as those used for HRT, have been associated with increases in C-reactive protein levels, which have been linked to cataract development.

Read more about the study on MedPage Today.




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