Sex hormone may be a barrier for COVID-19
Research shows that older women may be at greater risk for “long-term coronavirus” due to lower estrogen levels caused by menopause.
Scientists from King’s College London have called for research into a possible link between menopause and COVID-19 after their findings showed that women with lower estrogen levels may have a higher risk of contracting the virus.
According to the Daily Mail, research has shown that postmenopausal women with lower levels of the female sex hormone estrogen may be at a higher risk of developing symptoms of “long-term coronavirus.”
The study analyzed data from more than 500,000 women in the UK between May and June. Scientists studied the incidence of predicted coronavirus between postmenopausal women and premenopausal women taking combined oral contraceptives (COCs) and postmenopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
It has been found that women who have undergone menopause and are in the 45-50 age group, have higher coronavirus than others.
Women in the group also reported symptoms of anosmia (impaired sense of smell), fever and persistent cough, and the need for oxygen treatment in hospital.
Currently, women taking COP between 18 and 45 years of age have a lower predicted coronavirus rate and hospital admissions are also significantly lower.
The researchers suggested that the female sex hormone may act as a protective agent against disease.
Dr Claire Steves, who works on the COVID symptom research team at Kings College London, told the Guardian, “It’s a good question whether hormones can play a role or other differences in age and gender, as the immune response. “
However, other scientists dispute this connection: dr. Betty Raman of the University of Oxford doubts that estrogen protects against coronavirus.
Dr. Roman, who conducted a study of 58 men in hospital and found that of 41 percent of women in hospital, 67 percent were over 50, adds: “There is no conclusive evidence that estrogen protects against COVID-19,” Although it is clear that male onset is a risk factor for disease severity. “
Estrogen is a sex hormone that is responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system. Estrogen levels drop dramatically in postmenopausal women and can affect body functions, including the immune system.
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