Long-Term Estrogen Exposure Increases Risk Of High Blood Pressure

Michigan State University (MSU) has found that women exposed to estrogen on a long term basis have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.  The exposure generates excessive levels of a compound called superoxide in an area of the brain that helps to regulate blood pressure. A concomitant effect is increased stress in the body. However, the research also found that the anti-oxidant called resveratrol reverses the increase in both superoxide and blood pressure. Associate Professor Mohan Kumar of MSU said: “Because so many women use estrogen-only HRT to combat the effects of menopause, it is imperative that we better understand the risks that chronic exposure has for females and why these effects occur.”

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