Orlando, FL (PRWEB) February 20, 2014
Significant flaws in the design and methodology of two recent studies linking testosterone and heart disease, are behind the unexpected findings that ran counter to decades of research, and hundreds of published studies, demonstrating testosterone’s benefits to the cardiovascular system, while reducing the signs of aging in men.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in July, 2010 found an increased risk of heart disease in men over the age of 65 while taking testosterone; and a study published in PLOS One in January, 2014 found an increased risk of heart disease in men under the age of 65 while taking testosterone. These studies garnered significant media coverage.
“In the two recent studies, precautions that should have been used in testosterone therapy, such as preventing increased blood viscosity and estrogen levels, were never done,” said Dr. Daniel Thomas, Medical Director of More T Clinics. “Elevation in either is known to increase a man’s risk of heart disease, and, surprisingly, this was never considered in the recent studies,” Thomas added.
It is inevitable for men’s testosterone levels to decline with age: Roughly 1-3% per year according to the Mayo Clinic. By the time a man turns 60, he may have already lost half of his youthful testosterone production. Decreases in testosterone can give way to numerous health problems, including loss of muscle, abdominal weight gain, diminished cognition, fatigue, loss of self-confidence, depression, decreased bone density, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
Over the years, several studies have shown that testosterone replacement therapy improves multiple measures of men’s vitality, especially related to cardiovascular health. For example, a June, 2012 study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, investigators noted a 39% reduction in mortality risk among patients treated with testosterone therapy, while a comprehensive review of data from 4 randomized controlled trials on men with chronic heart failure published in the May, 2012 issue of Circulation found that testosterone therapy was associated with improved functional capacity, with no adverse events reported after up to 52 weeks of treatment.
“Testosterone therapy is an important step aging men can take to retain good health,” Dr. Thomas said. “It is critical that that the therapy is provided by a doctor with the right credentials and expertise to ensure that the treatment is safe and beneficial,” Dr. Thomas added.
About Dr. Daniel Thomas, DO, MS
Dr. Daniel Thomas is the Medical Director of Orlando-based More T Clinics. During his 27 years of involvement with men’s health, he has created a protocol combining exercise, nutrition, and hormone therapy to substantially change a man’s quality of life. Dr. Thomas is the author of The Doctors Guide to Testosterone Therapy, and Healthy and Strong: The quarterly men’s guide to living strong and living well.
In addition of a medical degree, Dr. Thomas has a Master of Science degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Further, he has a post-Master’s Graduate Certificate in Advanced Metabolic Endocrinology, and is a recipient of the Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association.
About More T Clinics
More T Clinics specializes in men’s health and offers safe and effective, medically-monitored testosterone therapy to help men achieve and maintain an active, healthy, vibrant, and mentally sharp life—while building their body’s natural defenses against age-related conditions.