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Estrogen and Exercise Performance

With aging, a person’s activity level can significantly decrease because of various changes in body composition. Older persons start to gain weight, lose muscle and bone mass, and become susceptible to a wide array of debilitating diseases that affect their daily routine as well as overall quality of life. Fortunately, aside from diet and lifestyle modifications, restoring estrogen to youthful levels can be beneficial for older people who want to engage in any form of exercise to keep them in shape. By restoring muscle mass and bone quality, studies show that ERT can help enhance one’s exercise performance so that they can become physically active again:
1. In sedentary overweight adults, ERT appears to improve exercise performance by reducing body fat and improving lipid levels. [332]
2. In early menopausal women, ERT improves knee extensor strength, vertical jump height, and running speed. [333-334]
3. In females with estrogen deficiency, ERT lowers risk of stress fracture, thereby allowing them to sustain a high level of physical training. [335]
4. In older females, ERT is associated with significantly better postural balance. [336]
5. In postmenopausal females, ERT enhances hand grip strength. [337]
6. In postmenopausal women with muscle wasting, ERT enhances intense resistance exercises by increasing muscle mass. [338-339]
7. In healthy postmenopausal women, ERT appears to have beneficial effects on body composition and muscle performance. [340]

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