Women & Estrogen
Suddenly, it seems like everywhere you turn there is a magazine
article, TV program or news alert about estrogen - and it’s usually
controversial. Why all the media focus? Because recent studies
about this female hormone have revealed some disturbing facts
that women - and men - need to know.
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association
published the principal results from the Women's Health Initiative1. The
study involved 16,608 women who took
estrogen plus progesterone or a placebo
to determine whether post-menopausal -
estrogen replacement would help prevent
heart disease and hip fractures. This study
was also designed to determine whether
there were risks associated with hormone-replacement
therapy. The study was
stopped after five years because the risks
of therapy far outweighed the hope for
The results showed that estrogen/
progesterone combination therapy produced
a 26% increase in breast cancer, a 41%
increase in strokes, a 29% increase in
heart attacks and double the number of
blood clots in the lungs and legs. The
only positive findings were a reduction
in hip fractures and colorectal cancer. A
second study published in the same issue
of the Journal found that women using only
estrogen replacement were at significantly
increased risk for ovarian cancer2. These
findings frightened millions of women who
have been using estrogen replacement.
The conclusions of this landmark study are
that women should not be using hormone
replacement to prevent cardiovascular
disease and that women currently on
therapy should reconsider the wisdom of
continuing. The only benefit of estrogen
replacement is to relieve the
symptoms of hot flashes and flushes
that accompany the change of life.
The good news is that there are
natural alternatives that successfully
relieve these symptoms without the
risks associated with prescription
The current issues associated with pharmacological approaches to
menopausal symptoms represent an opportunity
for you to educate you about natural alternatives.
- The consumption of soy, which is found in many Herbalife products including
Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix and
Protein Drink Mix
Mix, can significantly reduce the incidence of hot flashes. A doubleblind
placebo controlled study showed that hot flashes were reduced by 45%
in women who received 60 grams of soy protein isolate daily - a significant
improvement over the placebo group, which achieved only a 30% reduction
in hot flashes.3
- Black cohosh is an herb that significantly
improves menopausal symptoms and is found in Herbalife’s
In several studies it was established that not only
did black cohosh relieve symptoms, but did it
better than both placebo and estrogen.*
Herbalife’s Basic Cellular Nutrition Program
which emphasizes healthy soy protein, includes ingredients that can be helpful to women in menopause.
Woman’s Choice, a sophisticated, natural
product containing a healthy serving of black cohosh combined with
additional isoflavones derived from
soy, kudzu and red clover, provides an
additional level of protection.* Every
woman should begin, in their mid to
late 30’s, taking one tablet of Woman’s
Choice, but for those who experience
discomfort during menopause, two to
four tablets can be used to relieve any
It is likely that you will be hearing
many of your friends express concern
about what to do for menopausal
symptoms and how to prevent the
consequences of heart disease
and osteoporosis. The solutions are
yours to offer: Cellular Nutrition,
which is heart and bone healthy,
along with Woman’s Choice
to alleviate the discomfort of menopause. And
we make it easy to enjoy the benefits of these natural solutions by developing
Targeted Nutrition Programs
that address specific health needs such as our Healthy Women and Healthy Heart Programs.
Refer to Targeted Nutrition
for more detailed information about
these and all of Herbalife’s programs
for good health.
1 Writing Group for the Women’s Health Initiative Investigators. Risks and Benefits of Estrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy Postmenopausal Women: Principal
Results From the Woman’s Health Initiative Randomized, Controlled Trial JAMA 2002;288:321-333.
2 Lacy JV, Mink PJ, Lubin JH., et al. Menopausal hormone replacement therapy and risk of ovarian cancer. JAMA 2002;288:334-341.
3 Albertazzi P., Pansini F., Bonaccorsi G., et al. The
effect of dietary soy supplementation on hot flashes.
Obstet Gynecol. 1998;91:6-11.
|* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Women At Risk
Approximately eight million American women are living
with heart disease. Heart attacks kill six times as many
women each year as breast cancer.
– National Center on Health Statistics; National Heart,
Lung and Blood Institute; and the American Heart
Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistical Update, 2002