More men have been taking testosterone to help with issues of low libido, but researchers are finding that these drugs can greatly increase the risk of heart attacks in men who suffer from heart disease. Health Briefs TV did a bit of research on this topic and found out some interesting facts.
Research at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) found that the risk of heart attack doubled after starting testosterone therapy in men who were under the age of 65 and already had a history of heart disease.
Some of these drugs like Androgel are given in gel form and increase testosterone to a greater extent than Viagra or Cialis. Both forms of testosterone seem to increase the risk of heart attack in people who already suffer from heart disease though. Studies suggest that the increase of testosterone decreases HDL (good cholesterol), which is why the risk of heart attacks increase.
“The extensive and rapidly increasing use of testosterone treatment and the evidence of risk of heart attack underscore the urgency of further large studies of the risks and the benefits of this treatment,” said senior author Sander Greenland, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in a statement. “Patients and their physicians should discuss the risk of heart attacks when considering testosterone therapy.”
Health Briefs TV suggests that anyone considering taking testosterone in any form speak with their doctor about the risks that are involved.