As men age, it is natural for them to gradually lose testosterone. When testosterone levels are low, men can experience fatigue, loss of lean muscle and trouble gaining muscle mass, decreased sex drive, high blood pressure, premature aging, and sexual dysfunction. Low T has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Low testosterone and high levels of estradiol can also lead to an increased risk of coronary artery disease and sometimes death. When testosterone is balanced or at a higher level, it predicts a reduced 5-year risk of cardiovascular disease in men. Preventing testosterone deficiency and hormonal imbalance is key to improving cardiovascular outcome.
In an article from European Heart Journal, it’s been reported that a study has been done looking at a group of 83,010 male veterans with documented low TT (total testosterone) levels, but no previous history of stroke or myocardial infarction, to investigate normalization of TT levels after TRT (testosterone replacement therapy.) The scope of this study encompasses the observation of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular outcomes like myocardial infarction, and stroke in patients with no previous history of MI or stroke.
This study was conducted because typically there is a lot of uncertainty and controversy around whether or not TRT had any connection to causing cardiovascular disease and strokes in men. For this particular study, the use of TRT was established from patient medical records, including medical prescriptions. Patients who previously or currently received any form of TRT were considered as treated.
After extensive testing and follow up in men who did not have a previous history of stroke or myocardial infarction with low TT levels, they found that the use of TRT used to level out testosterone levels caused a significant reduction in the risk of strokes and MI. The study also found that TRT aiming to level out TT can be associated with the reduction of cardiovascular disease as well.
For information, methods, results and references regarding this study, please visit the European Heart Journal.
At Physicians Age Management, we offer testosterone replacement therapy. It’s what we do every day, and our specialty. Through treatment you can see an increase in energy, stamina, sex drive, strength, fitness and overall well-being. Treatment can also help with reducing cholesterol levels, improve concentration and focus, and help create greater elasticity of the heart and other muscle tissue. Treatment has also helped men with Arthritis, Eczema, Fibromyalgia and Psoriasis, along with other conditions.
Our Hormone Replacement Therapy provides individualized doses of hormones that emulate nearly identically those each patient had as a younger man. If you think you may be suffering from testosterone deficiency, take our hormone test or request a free consultation today.