For years, women’s longevity was thought to be due to estrogen. This is not necessarily so. In fact, studies have shown that giving estrogen to postmenopausal women can actually do more harm than good; estradiol has been found to increase the risk of many types of cancer such as breast, ovarian, prostate and endometrial cancer.
Furthermore, estrogen does not protect against cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is currently the # 1 cause of death among women in the United States.
Some believe that women develop CVD later than men because of estrogen. According to Tom Perls, the founder of the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University, one of the reasons for women’s longevity is that women are more iron-deficient than men due to menstruation. [Read more…]