Hi, thanks to all posting here + for links through to NICE guidelines. However, I've searched threads and can't find anyone who's experienced HRT giving them their physical strength back! I'm 51 , testing-kit diagnosed menopause and can put up with the hot flushes - what makes me very miserable is sudden loss of muscle strength - used to toss a caber no worries and now struggle with a small sack of compost. Does HRT help? and if so, which kind? Grateful for any opinions on this
1.5.16 Explain to women that:
•there is limited evidence suggesting that HRT may improve muscle mass and strength
•muscle mass and strength is maintained through, and is important for, activities of daily living.
It's not just something which affects women; both men and women lose 1 pound of muscle a year after around the age of 45-50. Usually this is replaced with fat (middle aged spread) so weight can stay almost the same but with more fat and less muscle.
Try doing resistance exercises for half an hour 3 x a week- 3 sets of lunges, squats, dumb bells, women's push up ( half push up on knees) - as well as lots of fast walking or whatever you enjoy.