Those who are concerned about their health should be aware of testosterone therapy, a treatment used by older men to treat heart problems and sexual dysfunction. Testosterone levels decrease with age and testosterone treatment can help men feel younger and more energetic. However, there are some disadvantages to this treatment and it should not be prescribed without proper evaluation. The best way to determine whether testosterone therapy is right for you is to talk to a doctor from a TRT and erectile dysfunction treatment center.
One major concern about testosterone therapy is the risk of heart attacks and strokes. These are the fifth most common cause of death in the United States. There is no definitive research on whether testosterone therapy causes these problems, but there is evidence to suggest that it increases the risk of heart disease.
Testosterone therapy is also associated with an increase in the non-calcified plaque in blood vessels that supply the heart. This plaque causes arteries to narrow. It is also associated with an increase in red blood cell counts, which increase the risk of clotting and blood clots. Testosterone therapy also appears to increase the risk of prostate cancer. This may be because it can stimulate prostate cancer cells. Testosterone therapy is also associated with an increase in breast swelling and acne.
Other disadvantages of testosterone therapy include high blood chemistry problems. If a man has diabetes or high blood pressure, he should seek treatment to correct these problems before beginning testosterone therapy. It is also important to understand that testosterone therapy may be unsafe if a man is already at high risk for prostate cancer.
Men should also be aware that testosterone therapy does not cure erectile dysfunction. In fact, men may have to take other types of therapy in order to maintain erectile function. The main reason why men seek testosterone therapy is to increase sexual desire and improve libido. However, there is not enough evidence to support this claim.
Men who have low testosterone levels also may suffer from other side effects, including body hair loss, decreased muscle bulk, fewer spontaneous erections during sleep, decreased motivation and self-confidence, decreased sexual desire, and increased body fat. These side effects can increase the risk of developing a number of chronic conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
A study by Baillargeon et al examined 30 000 men. They classified men based on their testosterone levels, age, and gender. They found that men younger than 65 years had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease than older men. This is likely due to a higher prevalence of obesity and chronic disease in this population. Men in the study who did not have hypogonadism were also less likely to have cardiovascular disease. The study did not include men who had previously experienced heart attacks.
Another study conducted by OptumInsight, a claims database, showed that 158 VTE events occurred among men who used testosterone therapy. This included men who had used the drug for less than a year. The study analyzed a claims database that included over seven thousand VTE events.