Testosterone Therapy and Heart Disease Aren’t Connected

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In 2015 several studies were released that showed there was no increased risk of heart attack or heart disease from testosterone therapy.

This had long been a concern, based on earlier flawed studies. This perceived risk between testosterone therapy and heart disease, had kept many men away, who could benefit from testosterone treatments.

There have been well respected, peer reviewed studies published in major medical journals that now say, long term testosterone therapy can actually reduce the risk of cardiac disease in some men!

testosterone therapy and heart disease However, the studies that debunked the risk, were all based on “meta-analysis” of existing testosterone trials over the past few decades. In other words, they looked at the results of other testosterone studies, for any trend in increased risk of cardiac events, and found that men who had been taking testosterone, were at no greater risk of developing heart disease, than the general population.

The first study to directly look at the relationship of testosterone treatments to heart attack has recently been published. The study looked at men with type 2 diabetes. Men with diabetes are a population who are prone to “cardiac events.”

This study, published in Clinical Endocrinology verified the results of the meta-analysis. The researchers found that men with type 2 diabetes, who are on testosterone therapy, had no increase in the “bio-markers” that indicate cardiac risk.

Testosterone Therapy Study

This particular study on the impact of testosterone therapy on the heart was important for several reasons. One, it is one of the first to directly study this impact, and the findings support the safety of testosterone therapy. But, it is also important because it looked at men with diabetes.

Diabetes is basically a “hormonal” condition. All hormones, like testosterone interact. Men with diabetes also tend to be obese. Men who are obese, also tend to have low testosterone. Could Low-Testosterone be contributing to obesity, or diabetes, or vice versa? That is still unclear, but, this study indicated the possibilities of testosterone therapy as a treatment for diabetes and/or obesity.

We do know that testosterone optimization can help you reduce fat and build muscle, which lowers your risk of insulin resistance or diabetes.

Testosterone Therapy Benefits

Testosterone is the male hormone. At first testosterone levels rise steadily as you grow from boyhood to manhood, they peak in adolescence, and stay relatively steady in your 20’s. Then around 30, testosterone production starts a steady decline. By the age of 40, you can expect your testosterone level to go down by about 1 -2% every year.

testosterone therapy for low TOnce you are over 35 you may begin to really feel the effects of this drop. Low testosterone (Low T) can cause:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • A loss of vitality
  • Weight gain, in particular belly fat
  • Lack of energy
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Depression, anxiety and/or mood swings

Testosterone optimization is designed to replace what time and nature takes away, and improve these symptoms.

Testosterone therapy is only available with a doctor’s prescription. Testosterone therapy can be given to you in a number ways. Testosterone can be delivered in gels, creams, skin patches, or injections. Testosterone injections are painless, and tend to be the most effective way of receiving testosterone therapy.

Individualized testosterone optimization along with a program of fitness, diet, and exercise, can help you to boost and maintain your optimal testosterone level, so you can be your best at any age!

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  1. Thomas rubino
    Posted March 30, 2016 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to bust your bubble. Your study is just the opposite. I had a major heart attack last April after being on injections for 2 years.After consulting with 2 top cardiologist they had no doubt it came from testatorone. Now grant it I had high blood pressure before I started taking it but they said that the T brought on the heart attack. My red blood count was high which caused to the blood to thicken that clogged my arteries.

    • Dr. Richard Gaines
      Posted April 8, 2016 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Hi Thomas,
      Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry to hear that you suffered from a heart attack.
      However, these studies about testosterone and heart attacks were based on properly administered and monitored testosterone programs. When testosterone is injected, without proper supervision, or without follow up lab work or checkups, this is where the problem occurs.

      For example, if testosterone alone caused heart attacks, we would see more and more young adults suffering from heart attacks due to their naturally high levels of testosterone in their blood system already.
      In your case, it seems that the doctor or testosterone clinic who provided you the testosterone did not follow a correct testosterone protocol or review your medical condition. Your prescribing doctor should have been able to identify through follow up blood tests, that you have high red blood count and from there should have adjusted your testosterone dosage and advised what we call “draw” to flush thick blood.

      In my opinion, it is clear that testosterone alone doesn’t increase the risk of heart attacks, rather it is improving cardiovascular disease, and I thank you for bringing this topic to my attention.

      Additionally, here is a direct quote from lead researcher Dr. Brent Muhlestein from the Intermountain Medical Centre Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, US, that I believe you will find helpful: “‘The study shows that using testosterone replacement therapy to increase testosterone to normal levels in androgen-deficient men doesn’t increase their risk of a serious heart attack or stroke …” http://goo.gl/GnazTe

      • Paul Beasley
        Posted April 22, 2016 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

        What about people who have had bladder cancer and kidney cancer? Are they in any greater risk of another cancer? What about increased levels in PSA?

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