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Study: Testosterone therapy helps, but puts other body parts at risk

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Courtesy: Journal of the American Medical Association Courtesy: Journal of the American Medical Association
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As men age their testosterone levels drop, so some choose to go on hormone therapy. But a new study finds, while benefiting certain parts of the body, testosterone therapy may put another part at risk.
Testosterone therapy has been shown to boost sexual function, muscle mass and bone strength in men.

Doctors looked at data from nearly nine thousand veterans who all had low testosterone levels and had previously undergone a heart test. Most tested positive for heart disease.

Some of those patients started testosterone therapy.

"Of these men who underwent coronary angiography and had low testosterone levels about 14 percent of patients were started on testosterone therapy at some point in time after the procedure," explains Dr. P. Michael Ho, of Eastern Colorado Health Care System.

The testosterone therapy was delivered by injection or a patch and was linked to heart risks.

"Men who are started on testosterone therapy had a higher risk of death, heart attack and stroke compared to men who were not started on testosterone therapy after their coronary angiogram," says Ho.

This study in the Journal of the American Medical Association proves that doctors need to make sure men are considering their own individual risk factors before testosterone therapy.

"This should enter into the discussion between physicians and patients about whether patients should go on testosterone replacement therapy, and this will hopefully help that discussion in terms of what the benefits are and what the potential risks are," says Ho.  

Researchers say more studies might help doctors understand other potential risks with testosterone therapy.

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