5 April 2002
Postmenopausal women who stop using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may resume bone loss but not at a very rapid rate, US research suggests.
'Our results indicate that women who stopped HRT lost bone, but that their rate of loss was not appreciably different from those women who did not undergo HRT,' researchers said in their paper in the medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine (2002; 162: 665-72).
They said their finding argued against accelerated bone loss as an explanation for the lack of hip fracture protection afforded by former HRT use.
Nor did their data suggest that longer-term HRT led to additional bone mineral density gain beyond that evident after 3 years, they added.
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