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What are the risks of having low testosterone?

Testosterone is considered as the main operational software for men, which controls or activates more than 300 processes in the body. Many studies have linked low testosterone to an increased risk of myocardial infarction, decreased hemodynamic function, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, type II diabetes, poor memory, dementia, sarcopenia, osteopenia, stiffness and pain in muscles and joints, bromialgia, decreased libido and increased risk of death.

Does testosterone cause prostate cancer?

A review of 16 studies, some controlled by placebo with different testosterone formulations and more than 15 years of study time has shown that there is no increase in the risk of prostate cancer over the prevalence of origin. Gould DC, Kirby RS. Testosterone replacement therapy for late onset hypogonadism what is the risk of inducing prostate cancer? (Testosterone replacement therapy for late-onset hypogonadism).

What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?

  • It has been shown that testosterone is extremely beneficial for the heart and has been shown to reduce ischemic heart disease, dilate intracoronary arteries, increase exercise tolerance, decrease inflammation, decrease arteriosclerosis, decrease total cholesterol and triglycerides and improves congestive heart failure
  • It has been shown that testosterone decreases insulin resistance, which increases insulin sensitivity. Between 33% and 50% of men with diabetes have also been diagnosed with low T.
  • Testosterone replacement therapy prevents the production of beta amyloid precursor protein in men, a pathology commonly seen in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • It has been shown that testosterone is effective when psychiatric medications are not effective in patients with low T.
  • It has been shown that testosterone increases spontaneous nocturnal erections and that it improves erectile dysfunction.

What are the side effects of testosterone treatment?

Although testosterone does not cause prostate cancer, it can stimulate the growth of the prostate and must be controlled. Among the adverse reactions are, in addition, fluid retention, weakening of hair, side effects related to high estradiol, such as gynecomastia, testicular atrophy and polycythemia. Testosterone is contraindicated in patients with prostate cancer or in patients with a recent history of prostate cancer less than 18 months.

What results can I expect if my patient takes testosterone?

The benefits of the optimal levels of testosterone are many. Improvements in mood, in cognitive function, in cardiovascular health, in libido, in sexual performance, in bone density, in conanza and an increase in muscle mass, are just some of the benefits associated with maintain optimal levels of this fundamental hormone. The results will vary according to each patient due to age, genetics, lifestyle, dosage and compliance with the therapy.