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9/27/02

HealthWise at 5 From 9.27

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy

There's a new chapter in the ongoing debate over hormone replacement therapy. This time, research shows it may offer some benefit to women with diabetes. The study at the University of Buffalo compared blood glucose and cholesterol levels of 2,700 post-menopausal diabetic and non-diabetic women between the ages of 40 and 74. The women were grouped as either current, past or non users of hormone replacement therapy.

The researchers found diabetic women who took hormones had the best controlled blood sugar and the lowest levels of total cholesterol levels of the three groups. Among non-diabetic women, those who took hormones had lower total cholesterol levels and higher levels of HDL, or "good" cholesterol than other women. Another study involving 32 women, suggests soy supplements may also help improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels in diabetic women.

Many women use soy products as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. The first study is from the University of Buffalo. The second is from the Michael White Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Hull, England. Both studies are published in the journal, Diabetes Care.

  • Teens and Sex

56% of sexually active teens say they first had sex in their parent's home. That's according to the National Campaign to Prevent teen Pegnancy which has been followind 8,000 teens since 1997. Their findings also show that about 33% of 9th graders have had sex and by twelfth grade, that number has jumped to 60%. Officials with the group say it's not impossible to supervise kids despite what the statistics indicate.

  • Drink Safe

Setting your drink on a new type of coaster might save you from unwanted advances or worse, it's called drink safe and it can show if your beverage has been spiked with a date rape drug such as GHB. Here's how it works: place a drop of your beverage on the coasters test strip and rub gently. If it's been spiked, the area will turn dark blue. If there's no change, the drink is fine. For more information ( click here).

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