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Does Testosterone Really Increase The Risk of Heart Disease?

Refuting the recent onslaught of media articles that claim use of testosterone increases the risk of heart disease.

In recent years, an increasing number of men have been treated with testosterone for a variety of ailments.  There has been growing concern among researchers (based on scientific studies) however, that the use of testosterone may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.  The results of a US-study recently published in the “Annals of Pharmacotherapy” now want to dispel those concerns.

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston carried out an eight-year study involving 25,420 over 66 year-olds who were treated with testosterone.  During the study period, each subject’s medical development was compared with that of a control group, which involved participants of the same age, ethnicity and with the same health data.  The results of the study showed that the use of testosterone was not related to an increased risk of heart attack.  Quite the opposite in fact: men who had a higher likelihood of cardiovascular problems, due to other factors, had a lower rate of heart problems.

“This is a rigorous analysis of a large number of patients,” emphasized study author Jacques Baillargeon.  While this study provides evidence that the use of testosterone may not be linked to harmful cardiovascular diseases, further large-scale studies will be important in the future to provide more definitive evidence.

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