Female Hormone Therapy and Cataracts….What's Next? – Your Health Detective

Then another blow was delivered to us woman – that breast cancer in woman who took HRT soared…oh great, another lie.

Now, new research headed by Birgitta Lindblad, M.D., of Sundsvall Hospital in Sweden and published in the journal Ophthalmology, from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides clear evidence that taking HRT causes cataracts…oh really, no kidding, I’ve personally had 5 eye surgeries!

The eight year prospective study of over 30,000 postmenopausal women compared the cataract status of women who had taken HRT to those who had not used the hormones. The results? The research subjects who were taking or who had ever taken HRT had significantly higher rates of cataracts so severe they had to be removed. Those who consumed alcohol, beyond a glass of wine a day, and also took hormone replacement therapy appeared to be at an even greater risk of serious cataracts.

“If future studies confirm the associations we found, increased risk for cataract removal should be added to the list of potential negative HRT outcomes,” Dr. Lindblad said in a statement to the media.

The research team documented that 4,300 cataract removal surgeries were performed in research study participants between 1997 and 2005. In women who had ever taken HRT, the risk for cataract removal was increased by 14 percent. For current HRT users, the increase in risk soared even higher to 18 percent when compared with women who never used HRT. What’s more, the longer a woman took HRT, the more the risk for cataracts increased.

Dr. Lindblad explained in a press statement that estrogen receptors have been detected in the eye’s lens and naturally-occurring estrogen made inside the body protects eyes from cataracts. However, the estrogens like those used in HRT don’t function in the body the same way. Instead, the typically prescribed forms of HRT increase levels of C-reactive protein… and previous studies have associated C-reactive protein with cataract development.

Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent cataracts. In addition to avoiding HRT, regular vigorous exercise has been shown to protect against cataracts. Additionally, Astaxanthin, a nutrient derived from micro-algae and also found in wild salmon, has also been found to benefit eye health and help prevent cataracts…ANOTHER reason to consume wild salmon and other similar fish at least three times per week. 

Statistically Speaking…

  • 124 Million people have low vision
  • Worldwide, an estimated 37 million people are blind 
  • Two-thirds of both blind and visually impaired people are WOMEN
  • In the U.S. there are over 1 million legally blind people, 700,000 of those are WOMEN
  • Over 3.4 million Americans suffer from visual impairment, 2.5 million are WOMEN

Common Symptoms of Cataract

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Glare – headlights, lamps, or sunlight appear too bright and a halo appears around lights
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye (this symptom sometimes clears as cataract gets larger
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lens

How are Cataracts Detected?

They are detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes:

  • Visual acuity test – eye chart measures how well you see at various distances
  • Dilated eye exam – drops placed in your eyes to widen, or dilate, the pupils. Eye professional uses magnifying lens to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage and other eye problems. After the exam, your vision remains blurred for several hours.
  • Tonometry – an instrument measures the pressure inside the eye, numbing drops may be applied to your eye prior to testing

The Way I See It!

I took dangerous HRT for approximately 15 years, I KNOW the side effects. After embarking in my natural health career, I discovered several natural complexes that eliminated all my menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, hair loss, etc.)…without the side effects of synthetic replacement therapy.

I currently use and recommend some amazing Chinese tea pills (they look like little tiny black pearls) along with another Chinese supplement tablet and…I haven’t been subjected to menopausal symptoms for years now and neither have those that consult with me. As with anything, it’s always best to consult with a health care professional so that any supplement you take is tailored for your specific health condition and symptoms…dealing with hormone issues is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. 

You can do a short consult via telephone, anyplace in the world, after completing our health questionaire and submitting online from our website, to simply discuss natural options for your HRT supplement or to support eye function if you’ve already had eye surgery as I have. 

The short consultation will be 15 minutes for $35. to strictly discuss natural options for HRT replacement and vision-supporting options, as obviously the time allotted does not allow time to discuss other health concerns or nutritional coaching as does the full 90 minutes required for a new patient.

Call toll-free 888.352.8175 (Pacific time, Mon. – Thurs. 8: to 2: Pacific Time, CLOSED FRIDAY) AFTER you submit your patient forms online. OR, you can submit your forms online and send an email request that we call you to schedule your consultation…send email to: NaturalHRT@gloriagilbere.com.

Your Health Detective:

Uncovering Clues to Add LIFE to Your Years…NOT Merely Years to Your Life, Naturally

Dr. Gloria Gilbère (aka Dr. G), N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D.,  D.S.C.,

EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist

Dr. Gilbère is renowned worldwide for her work in identifying and finding natural solutions to chemically-induced and inflammatory disorders, multiple chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Gulf War Syndrome, and digestive disorders that defy conventional diagnosis and treatment. She consults worldwide via telephone and at her Institute in north Idaho. Visit her website at www.gloriagilbere.com for details about consulting with her.

Creator of certificated courses to become a Wholistic Rejuvenist™ (CWR) and for post-graduate education for health and spa professionals. Go to www.gloriagilbere.com and click on Wholistic Skin & Body Rejuvenation (WSBR™) for course outline. Available on-site at worldwide locations, and via distance-learning at your convenience globally.

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Abou-Gareeb I, Lewallen S, Bassett K, Courtright P. Gender and blindness: a meta-analysis of population-based prevalence surveys. Ophthal Epidemiol. 8:39-56, 2001

Lewallen, S, Courtright P. Gender and use of cataract surgical services in developing countries. Bulletin WHO, 2002 80:300-301

Courtright P. Gender and Blindness. World Health Organization, Dept. of Gender and Women’s Health, information sheet, January 2002.

Blindness: Vision 2020, The Global Initiative for the Elimination of Avoidable Blindness



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