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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Estrostep
Premarin Concerns [posted 11/4/98]
Answer: The best current drug to decrease cardiovascular disease is estrogen. Women still die most frequently from this class of problems, not cancer or other problems. A very good study was done on nurses which showed both an increase in longevity and an increase in quality of life in women taking estrogen. If there is a strong family history of breast cancer it should probably be avoided and reloxafene taken instead. For a women who has elevated cholesterol, this would be one of the best drugs going from my prospective. As to natural estrogens, there is no direct evidence that there is any difference in your body's response. Nature must have intended for us to have elevated blood pressure and diabetes mellitus;but, we treat these with increased longevity. Your call, but, a great drug for longevity and quality of life.
Estrostep Side Effects [posted 8/4/98]
Answer: Sexual steroids have several diffuse effects. Unfortunately, everyone tends to be different and predicting which medication will work is difficult. For example, most patients have an increased appetite with these medications. You'll need to slowly work through different formulations with different amounts of estrogen/progesterone until you find one that works.