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Many Men Risk Their Health by Taking Testosterone When They Don’t Need It

Testosterone Levels

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  • Testosterone plays many roles in men’s health. Besides affecting your sex drive, it also helps maintain muscle mass, bone density, red blood cells, and a general sense of well-being
  • Direct-to-consumer drug advertising is driving men to use testosterone when they’re really not good candidates for it
  • Testosterone prescriptions have tripled since 2001, and men in their 40s represent the fastest-growing group of users. Half of them do not qualify for a diagnosis warranting the prescription of testosterone
  • Recent research found that men aged 65 and older who took testosterone DOUBLED their risk of having a heart attack within the first three months of use
  • Chronic stress can result in hypercortisolemia, which inhibits testosterone production. Stress relief, diet, and high intensity exercise are three potent lifestyle strategies that can reverse low testosterone

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