Testosterone replacement therapy effects: increase stroke and heart attack risks for men

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(Darwin Malicdem/ Medical Daily) —Testosterone plays a significant role in a man’s development from muscle and bone mass to sexual functions. However, this hormone offers benefits when balanced but poor levels in the body could lead to health problems.

Low testosterone levels affect many men across the world. In the U.S., 2 in every 100 men have the condition, according to the American Urological Association. It commonly affects older men, with 50 percent of those over 80 years old are estimated to have poor levels of testosterone. But younger men can also experience the condition. Health conditions also contribute to testosterone levels. Having diabetes or being overweight have been linked to poor hormone count.

Luckily, there are treatments available to increase testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) have been used by some men to regain energy levels, sex drive and mood.

However, TRT has been known to have side effects, such as acne, disturbed breathing during sleep, breast swelling and high red blood cell counts. A new study adds more health problems to the list. (…)

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