Testosterone therapy doesn't raise heart attack risk
Older men using prescription drugs to boost their testosterone levels may not have to worry after all about raising their risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.
Previous studies have suggested that the therapy, which can improve an aging man's muscle tone and sex drive, might have also brought with it a higher chance of suffering a cardiovascular event. But a new study at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, which analyzed almost 25,000 men over 65 who had received a testosterone treatment for up to eight years, reached a different conclusion,
Using men of similar ages who didn't have testosterone therapy as a control group, the researchers found that men who did boost their testoterone levels did not have a higher rate of heart attacks or strokes.
The number of men receiving testosterone treatments has tripled in the U.S. over the past decade, It is now a $1.6 billion business.
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