MUSCLE STRENGTH AND TESTOSTERONE
ANCHOR LEAD: GIVING FRAIL OLDER MEN THE HORMONE TESTOSTERONE RESULTED IN HEART PROBLEMS AND DEATH, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Older, frail men given testosterone to improve muscle strength and mobility experienced a higher rate of cardiac events and death than a control group not given the hormone, a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found. Arthur Burnett, a urologist at Johns Hopkins, interprets the results.
BURNETT: The take home message here is that there are adverse events associated with testosterone and I think that’s eye opening, because we’re hearing so much news being brought to just take testosterone, because of all of these almost expected health benefits, but there may be some potential downsides. This article helps to bring attention to that and that yes, while we’re thinking it may have some potential benefits in strength and mood and health status it could have some impact on cardiovascular health, metabolic risk, so I think that’s something we do have to recognize that there could be some adverse associations here. :31
Burnett says for now, he would limit use of testosterone supplements in this population until more studies are done. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.