AIs= Super Menopause
It's happened again. Now there is a study that validates what so many of us have known: that taking AIs can produce a "super menopause"--meaning that the symptoms of a natural process may be highly intensified. This is a report from a recent AACR meeting, presented by Dr. Lisa Gallicchio from Baltimore. Here is a quote and then the link:
Dr. Gallicchio spoke at a press conference here at the Ninth Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, where she presented the study results.
The symptoms that are apparently associated with AIs are legion.
The investigators compared 100 postmenopausal women who had breast cancer and were taking AIs with 200 age- matched women without cancer at baseline, 3 months, and 6 months. The average age of the participants was around 61 years. They found that women taking AIs, in terms of new onset of symptoms during the study period, were:
5 times more likely to report having hot flashes, breast sensitivity, and chest pain than healthy women
4 times more likely to report night sweats, cold sweats, and hair loss about 3 times more likely to report leg cramps, weight gain, sleep disturbance, tendency to take naps,and forgetfulness.