THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — While the scientists who ran the study admit more research is needed, they disclosed that the cardiovascular disease mortality rate for trans women on hormonal therapy is higher than the general population. Trans men, however, are apparently not affected in the short-term.
The research also provided insight into other hormone treatment-related adverse effects.
The study was conducted by Katrien Wierckx, MD, and her team at University Hospital in Ghent, Belgium. The results were announced at the European Congress on Endocrinology earlier this month.
Wierckx: “Our main finding concerning hormonal therapy in transsexual persons is that hormonal therapy seems to be safe in transsexual men in the short and middle term (around 8 years) . . . [however] our results substantiate the few other studies published in the past 2 years, which observed that transsexual women have more cardiovascular diseases compared with the general population. . . .”
The comment stating that the findings substantiates earlier studies is troubling, if this holds up, it’ll become a factor for some. However, if the tradeoff is depression leading to suicide, then this concern would be of no consequence. I do think everyone needs to be informed though.
More [registration required]: Hormone Therapy Associated With CVD in Transsexual Women.
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