Boosting the Effect of Strength Training in Menopause
A new study from Aarhus University found that women who followed a 12-week strength training program and had worn an estrogen patch had increased muscle growth and better cholesterol profiles than those who only followed the strength training program. The study was limited to a group of 31 women, of which those who wore the estrogen patches on their stomachs grew 7.9% muscle mass, compared to 3.9% growth in the placebo group. What the studies from Aarhus University show is that the estrogen therapy counteracted fat loss through the training period. The results also showed larger increases in whole-body fat-free masses due to muscle growth. The researchers emphasized that whether you take estrogen or not, exercise is beneficial for improving overall health.
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