When Can Testosterone Therapy Cause Problems?

Majid Ali, M.D.

When men Taking it are not in good cardiovascular health. It is this simple. This is my simple answer to a reader who asked me this question in reference to a report published in JAMA.

Testosterone Therapy Tied to Heart Risks

Veterans With History of Heart Disease Had Higher Risk of Death, Heart Attack and Stroke, According to JAMA Study

Here is a quote from an article in Wall Street Journal.” Prior to this study, we didn’t know much about the cardiovascular risk,” said Michael Ho, a cardiologist at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, senior author of the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Men taking testosterone have to ask themselves whether the risks are worth the benefits they may be receiving,” he said.

Numerous studies have shown that treating low testosterone can improve men’s sexual function, bone density, strength and lean muscle mass, while lowering cholesterol and insulin resistance. U.S. testosterone prescriptions, including refills, more than doubled to 432 million last year from 208 million in 2008, according to IMS Health, a health-care information company.

Medical problems can cause testosterone levels to fall sharply in younger men. But levels of the hormone decline naturally with age and experts differ on which men should be treated.

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