CTV News reports that a recent study found that men who started on testosterone therapy had a higher risk of death, heart attack and stroke, compared to men who weren’t undergoing the treatment. Researchers reviewed data from 8,700 men in their early 60s. All of the men underwent coronary angiography -- a test that can detect blockages in blood vessels -– between 2005 and 2011. All had low testosterone.
About a year after the taking the test, around 1,200 patients began testosterone therapy. The remaining men did not receive therapy. The researchers found that “testosterone therapy was associated with increased risk of adverse outcomes,” according to the study.
Nearly 26 per cent of the men on hormone therapy suffered from a stroke or heart attack, while only 20 per cent of the men not on the therapy suffered from a stroke or heart attack. Dr. Laurence Klotz, urologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, wasn’t surprised by the findings in the U.S. study. “I think this is a very important study, which confirms something that I have suspected for a long time, which is that in fact, there are some real issues about the safety of testosterone replacement,” Klotzsaid.
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