Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - An independent group of national experts has updated its recommendations on hormone replacement therapy.
After reviewing 51 studies from the last 10 years, the group argues against routinely prescribing hormone therapy to post-menopausal women, citing significant risks of dementia and breast cancer.
They also recommend against giving estrogen to women who have had hysterectomies after entering menopause.
The finding does not apply to doctors using hormones to treat specific side effects of menopause such as hot flashes.
But, in general, the panel says the harms of hormone replacement therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions outweigh the benefits.