Preventing Knee Osteoarthritis In Postmenopausal Women

Hormone therapy may be a way for women to prevent knee osteoarthritis later in life, according to a study published in menopause In December 2018.

Osteoarthritis of the knee is common, especially among elderly women

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common musculoskeletal disorder among the elderly, and it most commonly affects the knees, hips, lower back, and neck. While it’s an equal opportunity condition, affecting nearly 27 million people in the United States, after age 45, symptoms of knee osteoarthritis are more common in women than men, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

Given that the increased prevalence of knee osteoarthritis in women coincides with the transition to menopause, clinicians and researchers have long wondered whether hormonal changes play a role. More recently, some small studies have investigated the effects of hormone therapy (HT) on osteoarthritis of the knee among postmenopausal women, with mixed results.

Now a new large-scale study from Korea, published in the December 2018 issue of the journal menopause, the image is changed. Using data from 4,766 postmenopausal women, the researchers found that the prevalence of knee osteoarthritis was 30 percent lower in participants who used HT for menopause for a year or more than in women who did not use HT.

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