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Whats your take on taking testosterone injections 60 year

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Whats your take on taking testosterone injections for a 60 year old male with a count of 181. I have been taking a half cc each week for 3 months and I can tell the difference in energy. When should I wean myself off of them!!!!!!! Vic
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 9 months ago.

Hello Vic

Most doctors don't recommend testosterone for your age group anymore

It can cause heart disease

I would try to wean off as soon as you can

Expert:  Dr. David replied 9 months ago.

This is Dr. David

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1506119?query=featured_home

there has been new research on this

this study treated men 65 years old for 1 year with testosterone therapy.

there moderate benefit with respect to sexual function and some benefit with respect to mood and depressive symptoms

http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1506119

Seven men in each study group were adjudicated to have had major cardiovascular events (myocardial infarction, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes) during the treatment period and two men in the testosterone group and nine men in the placebo group were adjudicated to have had major cardiovascular events during the subsequent year

so this study didn't show that testosterone increased risks for heart disease.

let me know if you have questions.

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