Testosterone Therapy Could Also Lower Heart Attack Risk
Testosterone therapy may not only benefit sexual health but also can improve heart health and reduce stroke risk, according to a study utilizing data from the Veterans Affairs database of more than 83,000 patients.
Researchers analyzed data from men 50 or older who were documented with low levels of testosterone and were treated in Veteran Affairs medical facilities between 1999 and 2014. They categorized them into three separate groups. Group 1 were men who were treated until their testosterone levels returned to normal, group 2 were men who were treated, but whose testosterone levels did not return to normal, and the final group were men who did not receive testosterone therapy and whose levels remained low. The average follow-up period ranged from 4.6 to 6.2 years.
Researchers found that men who were successfully treated with testosterone were 56 percent less likely to die during follow-up, 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack and 36 percent less likely to have a stroke.
This was compared to men who did not receive any testosterone treatment. The gap was similar, but not quite as large when groups 1 and 2 were compared.