The Risks And Benefits Of Prescribing Testosterone

Philippe Isabelle is seen working in the lab on a confirmation of a testosterone test at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, British Columbia on October 21, 2009.  - (STEPHANIE LAMY/AFP/Getty Images)

Philippe Isabelle is seen working in the lab on a confirmation of a testosterone test at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, British Columbia on October 21, 2009.

(STEPHANIE LAMY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Risks And Benefits Of Prescribing Testosterone

Hormone use by men has risen dramatically in recent years. But a new study shows older men taking testosterone could be at greater risk for heart attacks and strokes. The safety of prescribing testosterone.

Men's testosterone levels are believed to decline as a natural part of aging. Some prescription drugs as well as environmental and lifestyle factors might also play a role. But doctors are prescribing testosterone drugs at record levels. Between 2001 and 2011, hormone use by men over age 40 nearly quadrupled. There could be significant risks. Several recent studies show a higher rate of heart attack and stroke in older men taking testosterone. Many doctors say that for men with truly low testosterone, the benefits of hormone therapy outweigh the risks. A discussion on the safety of prescription testosterone.

Guests

Dr. Harry Fisch

clinical professor of urology and reproductive medicine, New York Hospital/ Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman

director of PharmedOut, a research and education project at Georgetown University Medical Center; associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at Georgetown.

Roni Caryn Rabin

medical reporter who writes a regular medical consumer column that appears in The New York Times' science section.

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