Although menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, menopausal women hesitate to start MHT due to concerns about adverse events. Recently, however, it has been recommended to use it for appropriate patients who have been evaluated for baseline diseases, age, and timing of initiation. We aimed to investigate the association of MHT with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and type 2 diabetes among middle-aged postmenopausal women in Korea.
Data were collected from the National Health Insurance Service database in Korea from 2002 to 2016. A total of 58,060 postmenopausal women (including 8,013 [13.8%] MHT users and 50,047 [86.2%] nonusers) were included. The time-dependent Cox regression model with a 1-year latency period was used to evaluate the hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) of the associations of MHT with CVDs and type 2 diabetes outcomes. Subgroup analyses by regimen type and cumulative duration were conducted.
In the multivariate-adjusted model, MHT was not significantly associated with CVDs (HR = 1.085, 95% CI: 0.899-1.310) or type 2 diabetes (HR = 1.104, 95% CI: 0.998-1.221). Differential effects were not observed by regimen type, cumulative duration, and years since menopause subgroups. Sensitivity analyses also did not show adverse events by MHT on CVDs and type 2 diabetes.
Although protective effects of MHT against CVDs or type 2 diabetes were not observed among postmenopausal women who had screened underlying diseases, our results may contribute to reducing the current concerns about the use of MHT for middle-aged postmenopausal women in Korea.