Testosterone therapy is used by many men in order to boost hormone levels. Many patients believe the treatments will provide them with a new youth. Some specialists advertise more vitality and a better romantic life for men undergoing Testosterone replacement therapy. However, those treatments can carry their own risks, and dangers.
Most adult males have testosterone levels between 300 and 900 nanograms per deciliter of blood. Experts say hormone treatments are unlikely to help men who have testosterone levels in the normal range.
Testosterone is important both to provide a better love life for males, and for general health. A normal concentration of the hormone is known to be essential for preventing diabetes, osteoporosis and obesity.
However, hormone replacement therapy is also shown to lead to an increase in heart attacks in those who start the program. The risk is most prevalent among men over the age of 65 and those under 65 who have a previous history of hearth disease.
A new investigation of heart attacks among those men who received the treatment examined medical records of over 55,000 men. About 20 percent of these patients were over the age of 65. This was the largest study group ever examined for a correlation between heart attacks and testosterone therapy.
Study of the relationship between the hormone therapy and heart risk was profiled in the online journal Plos One.