The Risks And Benefits Of Prescribing Testosterone
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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.
clinical professor of urology and reproductive medicine, New York Hospital/ Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
director of PharmedOut, a research and education project at Georgetown University Medical Center; associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at Georgetown.
medical reporter who writes a regular medical consumer column that appears in The New York Times' science section.