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New Studies Show No Link Between Testosterone Therapy and Heart Problems

Apr 08, 2015

Men’s testosterone levels naturally decline as they get older, which can make them feel fatigued, moody, and less interested in sex. Some doctors prescribe testosterone for these men, too, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved this use.

Lately, the safety of testosterone therapy has been under much scrutiny. In late 2013 and early 2014, studies published in medical journals reported increased risks for heart attack and stroke among men taking testosterone.

The research methods and data used in these studies were called into question, however. And other experts have found that testosterone does not increase risk of heart problems. In fact, it might even protect against heart attack and stroke.

Still, the FDA changed its labeling requirements for testosterone products last month. Manufacturers must now provide information on possible heart risks in product packaging.


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