Oestrogen can protect women against heart, liver disease
THE female hormone oestrogen can reduce the risk of liver and heart disease in women, according to new research by Irish scientists.
They found a new type of oestrogen receptor that controls oestrogen-responsive genes that regulate cholesterol and fatty acid production.
The discovery was made by a team of researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the University of California (UC Irvine).
Professor Brian Harvey, RCSI principal investigator, said: "Oestrogen tends to protect women against high cholesterol and heart disease during the child-bearing years. Our research has allowed us to gain important insights into how oestrogen may suppress some genes and prevent excessive accumulation of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood that can progress to heart disease and liver cancers.
"This leaves the door open for the development of drugs that can decrease the incidence of liver and heart disease in women," he said.