There were two recent scientific studies in the news that have caused a lot of men consternation. These two recent trials suggest that testosterone replacement therapy may increase the risk of heart disease or stroke. In fact, these studies are poor studies that have significant flaws in there methodology and they conflict with numerous previous medical trials that show the beneficial effects of testosterone on the heart and that low testosterone levels in males are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease.
A comprehensive review of the medical literature on low testosterone reveals its association with not only an increased risk in the development of cardiovascular disease but also with an increased risk of developing Type II Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Hypertension and overall mortality. It is critical to assess the current trend in hormone replacement therapy. It is also crucial to have reliable and accurate information in order to make well informed decisions about one’s health and wellness. Testosterone replacement at appropriate levels has been shown not only to decrease the risk of heart disease but can also to aid in the treatment of coronary disease. There will be more research to come and we should embrace this. At the same time we must be careful to fully evaluate the design and the conclusions of research in order to guide our decision making. In this aspect, it is safe to say that low testosterone in men is associated with multiple disease states and that proper replacement therapy is not only appropriate but therapeutic.