Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Is Testosterone Treatment for Men Safe?

There has been a flood of advertising about treatment of men with “low T”.  There is little doubt that some men feel better if their blood testosterone is low and they are treated with the hormone.  However, there might be a slight increase in the risk for heart attacks in patients that have been treated with synthetic testosterone.  With the limited evidence we have at this time, it would be advisable to first try natural approaches, such as supplements to raise nitric oxide.  If testosterone is prescribed, bio-identical hormone replacement might be preferable.

See JAMA, Nov. 6; 310: 1805.


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