Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lesbian Well-Being

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Lesbian Well-Being

Article excerpt

The future of women's health and lesbian health looks hopeful. We finally have studies under way that will start to answer many of the important questions. For example, the Women's Health Initiative is a large national study that includes a randomized, controlled, double-mind study of hormone-replacement therapy, calcium and vitamin D, and low-fat diet and their effects on heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, and osteoporosis. In addition, the study includes an observation arm that is documenting the experiences of many women from different ethnic, social, and sexual back-grounds as they enter menopause.

For the first time in a national study, a concerted effort is under way to include the experiences of self-identified lesbians. This study, along with the many ancillary studies it includes, is but one example of the extensive research going on and will be an important source of data for the first half of the next century.

Breast and many other cancers will experience a new paradigm of understanding. …

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