Dr. Abraham Morgentaler Gives “Final” Word on Testosterone Replacement Risks
My colleague, Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, is a well-known specialist in men’s health. Our careers have followed similar paths, we take a very comparable approach to testosterone optimization for men, and in fact, he and I did our residencies in the same hospital.
Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, a fellow graduate of the Harvard Medical School, like myself has dedicated his career to really understanding the effects of testosterone on our bodies throughout our lifespans, and has done much to advocate for the benefits of its responsible use, and to debunk much of the myths and misconceptions surrounding its potential risks.
Dr. Morgentaler published his first paper on testosterone in 1978, when he was an undergraduate. He has since become a recognized expert in the field, and wrote the very popular book, Testosterone for Life, in 2008.
Testosterone Replacement and Heart Disease Findings
Dr. Morgentaler has recently published a study that may not actually be the “final” word on the risks of testosterone replacement therapies, but from such a respected source, it pretty much puts to bed any connection between testosterone replacement, and an increased risk of heart disease.
Morgentaler’s paper, which was published in the January 2015 edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, actually took a look at all of the studies on testosterone and the increased risk of cardiovascular disease between 1940 and 2014 and analyzed them in detail.
After intensively studying almost 75 years of published medical research, Dr. Morgentaler and his team found only 4 studies that seemed to indicate an increased risk of heart disease associated with testosterone replacement. However, they found “dozens of studies” that suggested just the opposite, that testosterone replacement can actually reduce the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease and heart attack. This led him to make only one inescapable conclusion:
“In summary, there is no convincing evidence of increased CV risks with testosterone therapy. On the contrary, there appears to be a strong beneficial relationship between normal testosterone levels and CV health that has not yet been widely appreciated.”
Testosterone Replacement Therapies
Testosterone optimization is all about using testosterone replacement therapy to not only raise your level of testosterone, but to bring your levels into what is optimal balance for you. What is considered a low testosterone, or low-T level for one man, may be perfectly “normal” for you, and vice-versa.
That is why I take an approach to testosterone replacement for men that echoes Dr. Morgentaler’s research. The goal is not only to replace what aging takes away, but to bring you into what is right for your individual needs and lifestyle.
Utilizing targeted and individualized bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy, based on your unique biomarkers, along with a program of exercise, and lifestyle modification, can help improve the symptoms associated with Low-T. Those symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of muscle mass
- Cognitive issues
- Sexual wellness issue
The only way to determine if you have less-than-optimal testosterone levels, is with proper diagnosis and analysis. Then we can create a program that can help you to get back to being your personal best.
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