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Testosterone Replacement Therapy Linked to Adverse Events

The Los Angeles Times reports that a new study in JAMA has found that, despite its benefits of improved energy and libido, testosterone replacement therapy may cause increased risk of mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in older men with low testosterone. The study recruited 8709 older men who were assessed for the possibility of blocked arteries using coronary angiography. Of those men, 1,223 patients were then given testosterone therapy. Researchers found that, compared to controls, men who received the testosterone replacement therapy “were 30% more likely to suffer an adverse event — a stroke, a heart attack or death.” Healthcare professionals urge men to become educated about the potential adverse cardiovascular events associated with testosterone replacement therapy.

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in JAMA.