Study: No long-term muscle benefits from HRT

August 20, 2010 2:55:05 PM PDT
If you are taking hormone replacement therapy hoping it will help keep you strong, a new study suggests any such benefit does not last.

Researchers have speculated that estrogen levels may play a role in the decline of muscle mass as women age.

But this latest analysis of the Women's Health Initiative trial shows no muscle advantage from HRT after six years.

Preserving muscle mass and strength can help aging women keep active.

The new results in the journal Menopause add to a larger picture of disappointing findings on the expected benefit of HRT.