Testosterone Therapy: Are Men Putting Their Heart Health At Risk?
Marilyn McGoldrick on Nov 8, 2013 10:58:00 AM
Men of all ages who are currently using or considering testosterone therapy for increased energy and libido should be aware of new research published in the Journal of the American Association of Medicine (JAMA). According to the study of 8000 men in the Veterans Administration health system, there may be a link between testosterone therapy and a greater risk of heart attacks, strokes, and even death.
The study compared the outcomes of a group of older veterans who had typical age-related male health issues , including diabetes, obesity and heart disease. The veterans who received testosterone therapy showed a 29% increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death, compared to the veterans who did not have testosterone supplements. Notably, among men who took testosterone, those who came into the study with clear, unobstructed coronary arteries were just as likely to suffer one of the adverse outcomes as were those with established coronary artery disease.
The rates of testosterone therapy use have been increasing rapidly in recent years. Testosterone therapy is usually prescribed to boost low testosterone levels, and studies have shown that increased testosterone can improve a man’s sexual function, increase bone density and strength, as well as lowering cholesterol and insulin resistance.
The number of prescriptions for testosterone therapy has increased 500% since 2001, with approximately $1.6 billion in testosterone supplement prescriptions written in 2011 alone. Given the growing market,TV advertisements promising the many benefits from testosterone therapy are unlikely to disappear anytime soon.In the light of the new studies, however, men looking for testosterone therapy should consult their doctor to assess whether the benefits – real or perceived – of testosterone therapy outweigh the risks. Ultimately, testosterone treatment is a personal decision, and risks and benefits should be thoroughly reviewed with one’s doctor.
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