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A report in the May issue of Arteriosclerosis and Thrombosis shows that men who have the lowest blood levels of testosterone have the highest incidence of angina, which is chest pain from a blockage of the flow of blood to the heart.

The authors state that on the basis of their findings, the male hormone, testosterone, may help to prevent heart attacks. This contradicts other studies. Rather than a low testosterone causing blocked arteries, it is more reasonable to conclude that arteriosclerosis blocks arteries which causes low testosterone. When fatty plaques are deposited, they block the arteries leading to your heart to cause heart attacks and chest pain. They also block the arteries leading to the testicles to damage them and prevent the testicles from producing their normal amount of testosterone.

Scientists have known for years that testosterone pills lower blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol and increase a man's chances of getting a heart attack. However, exciting new research shows that testosterone lowers blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol only when it reaches the liver after being injected into the muscles in high doses or being given by mouth. When testosterone is absorbed through the skin from a patch, it does not go to the liver and does not lower cholesterol. The average man loses 50% of his testosterone between 50 and 70 years of age and testosterone patches could increase both his muscular strength and sexuality. The only concern is that extra testosterone may cause a preexisting prostate cancer to spread through the body. Future research should show if this happens, if it doesn't most men over 70 will want to take testosterone patches.

June 10th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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