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Testosterone therapy doubles heart risk
in older men

USA Today, by Liz Szabo

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Posted By:Ken M., 1/29/2014 7:54:55 PM

Taking testosterone therapy doubled the risk of heart attack among men over age 65 and nearly tripled the risk in younger men with a history of heart disease, a new study shows. (snip) Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota not involved in the new study, describes the heart risks posed by testosterone therapy as substantial. "That´s equivalent to smoking one or two packs of cigarettes a day, or having sky-high cholesterol," Lopez-Jimenez says.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ken M., 1/29/2014 8:00:03 PM     (No. 9710839)

My GP keeps suggesting that I need testosterone, and I keep resisting. It causes hair loss, among otherwise healthy middle-aged men (male-pattern baldness). (Alert to young ladies! When you´re out clubbing, choose the young healthy-looking ones that show signs of hair loss!)

I´m 70 yrs old, fat, dumpy, and beginning to shrink. But I´ve got a full head of hair, same color I was born with, and no grey. My Grand Dad and Father also kept all their hair (tho theirs turned grey, sometime in their 80s).

I keep telling the Dr that the low levels are hereditary, and that I would prefer to keep my hair, rather than get the levels up to where they think it should be. Maybe this new info will mitigate their campaign some.

Aside: Personally infuriating to see all the prescription drug advertising, directly to the consumer on TV, magazines, etc. You know that they are dancing around the legal stuff: like, "Ask your doctor"; or the narrator talking faster than an auctioneer; paragraphs of fine print that it would take you 10 minutes to read, but they only show it for a few seconds; "see our ad in skateboarders weekly" ... again, infuriating.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 1/29/2014 8:06:10 PM     (No. 9710845)

This should hardly be surprising. OTOH perhaps it improves the quality of life one way or another. Tradeoffs.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/29/2014 8:11:56 PM     (No. 9710849)

There go the hopes for the Tea Party. How are we supposed to resurrect the low-T RINOs?????

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/29/2014 8:25:17 PM     (No. 9710855)

FTA: Prescribing testosterone therapy to thousands of men who may not really need it, he says, is a gigantic experiment, and I´m extremely concerned.

It may be years until we know the effects of taking it when not needed. At least they´ll be dying with a smile.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: KTWO, 1/29/2014 8:41:17 PM     (No. 9710866)

I have no idea of the benefits or risks of this therapy.

And soon it won´t matter. Treatments are going to be given or withheld based upon who you are. That is how government medical care will work.

Get used to it. Or have the means to obtain needed care outside the system.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 1/29/2014 9:00:41 PM     (No. 9710882)

I tried hormone replacement with androgel a few years back when I was in my late 40´s.

I attacked my wife every night for months until she switched my testosterone with Ban roll-on.

She finally got some rest. I sure miss that stuff.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lana720, 1/29/2014 9:30:17 PM     (No. 9710915)

No mention of whether whatever was used is synthetic or bio-identical.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 1/29/2014 9:31:30 PM     (No. 9710917)

But whatta way to go!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: sailor43, 1/30/2014 1:15:16 AM     (No. 9711079)

To the guy who´s wife switched him from Androgel to Ban: on the other hand, when you finally did make love that one time per year I´ll bet the room smelled wonderful!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TXspyder, 1/30/2014 1:49:34 AM     (No. 9711086)

Ninety bucks for a months supply. Am I supposed to behave like a stallion in my late 50´s? And besides, I didn´t notice any difference. I suspect it is like that Van Halen song which says, "better use it up before it gets old". I did!!

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