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Hormones might be the fountain of youth

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hormone therapy for postmenopausal women has been a controversial topic since a 2002 study found the drugs could increase the risk for heart problems. But a new study suggests the hormones may slow down the aging process for some women.

Researchers at Stanford University studied 70 women between the ages of 55 and 65.

They found those who were carriers of the Alzheimer's gene experienced significant aging at the cellular level. Over a two-year period their cells aged the equivalent of ten years.

However, women who were on hormone therapy did not experience that rapid aging.

Experts say this study helps them determine which women would benefit from hormone therapy, despite the risks.

- Study conducted at Stanford University Medical Center.
- Study published in PLoS One.

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