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Questions remain about the benefits of taking testosterone

Five new studies say hormone replacement is a mixed bag for aging men

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5:28pm, February 22, 2017
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LOW T  As men age, testosterone levels in the blood tend to drop. Replacing the hormone through testosterone treatments brings an assortment of benefits and potential problems.

As a treatment for the ailments of aging, testosterone’s benefits are hit or miss.

For men with low testosterone, the hormone therapy is helpful for some health problems, but not so much for others, researchers report in five papers published February 21 in JAMA and JAMA Internal Medicine. Testosterone therapy was good for the bones, but didn’t help memory. It remedied anemia and was linked to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke. But treatment also upped the amount of plaque in the arteries, an early indicator of heart attack risk, researchers

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