NBC's Brian Alexander reports that television advertisements touting testosterone therapy as a cure all for low testosterone have led to almost 3% of all American men over 40 being prescribed hormone replacement therapy. But a study released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association is sure to raise questions about the wisdom behind the testosterone rush. It finds that among men with previous heart troubles and low testosterone levels, the use of 'low-T' therapy boosted the risk of serious problems including heart attack, stroke — and death.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas reviewed records from more than 8,700 men with low-T levels who underwent coronary angiography — a procedure that uses dye and X-rays to peer into heart arteries — in the Veterans Affairs system between 2005 and 2011.
Of nearly 7,500 guys who did not get extra T, about 1 in 5 had bad cardiovascular outcomes, including stroke, heart attack or death. In the more than 1,200 men who got testosterone, nearly 1 in 4 had those terrible problems, an increased risk of nearly 30 percent.
The researchers concluded that taking testosterone came with an increased risk of an adverse outcome.
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