Sunday, December 15, 2013

Is testosterone a new health risk?

Many new ads pepper our media marketing testosterone products to men to increase vigor, lean muscle mass, strengthen libido and, well, you name it.  Many of these products require a prescription.  

A recent study now reveals that older men receiving testosterone supplements may be at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.  The study involved 8700 men.  Of this group 1 in 7 received testosterone.  After 3 years of follow up, the men who took testosterone had a 26% risk of stroke, heart attack or death versus 20% of those who took no testosterone.  These men were in their early 60’s in average.

As a plastic surgeon in Fort Myers, which has a large senior population, I encourage all my patients not to rush into any "magic cures". Ask questions of your doctor. Be cautious. And proceed only after you are sure of no bad consequences.

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