Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "
Fit after menopause? Hormone treatment not necessary
Women who have gone through the menopause do not need hormone treatment if they want to get or stay fit. Sports scientists at the University of Toronto in Canada discovered this. The Canadians got two dozen healthy post-menopausal women, with and without synthetic hormones, running.
The Canadians tested that mythology, and gave a dozen women in their mid-50s, who had just gone through menopause, hormone therapy for 12 weeks. The women were alternately given 1 milligram of estradiol daily for 3 weeks, followed by 200 milligrams of progesterone per day for 10 days.
Another group of women was given a placebo.
The researchers got the women to train for an hour 5 times a week. The heart of that training consisted of running for 45 minutes. The researchers gradually increased the intensity to 70 percent of the maximum oxygen uptake, or vO2max.
The women's blood vessels became more flexible as a result of their training. Also in this regard it did not matter whether the women were given hormones or not.