Is HRT Linked to Pancreatitis?

Holy Hormones Journal: According to the Canadian Medical Association there is a direct link between HRT and pancreatitis.¬† Dr. Margarita Ochoa-Maya stated, that 1 in 2 people are being diagnosed with pancreatitis. Those are scary stats. Wondering when a study will come up about BCP’s and pancreatitis. No difference really. Interrupting the endocrine system via the hormones is risky business – period.

HRT therapy may increase risk of acute pancreatitis

ScienceDaily

Date: January 27, 2014
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal
Summary: Women who use postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be at increased risk of acute pancreatitis, found a new study.

logo-cmajWomen who use postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be at increased risk of acute pancreatitis, found a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Acute pancreatitis, a sudden inflammation of the pancreas, has symptoms that range from mild discomfort to severe, debilitating pain and may, in some cases, even lead to death.

Although several case reports have indicated that there may be an association between use of HRT and risk of acute pancreatitis, the evidence from large studies is sparse. To understand whether there is an association, the researchers looked at data on 31 494 Swedish postmenopausal women aged 48 years at the start of the 13-year study from 1997 to 2010. At the start of the study, 13 113 (42%) of the women were current users of HRT, 3660 (12%) were previous users, and the remainder had never used the therapy. Of the current users of HRT, 6795 (52%) used systemic therapy for hot flashes, 4148 (32%) used local therapy for vaginal dryness, and 2170 (16%) used both therapies.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.