According to a recent study, testosterone can be beneficial to lowering the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 15,000 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer between 1990 and 2012 and found that men with low levels of testosterone were less likely to develop prostate cancer, compared to men with high levels.
Low testosterone is linked to a number of medical conditions, including osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a lower risk of heart disease.
“While testosterone is not the only treatment for prostate cancer risk, it may be the most important one,” said the study’s lead author, Michael L. Tancredo, M.D., a professor of medicine and director of the division of cardiology at the University of Southern California.
“It may lower your risks by 20 percent or more compared to those who have low testosterone.”
The study also found that testosterone replacement has been shown to reduce the risk for developing prostate cancers by 25 percent.
“A study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that taking a pill to reduce prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and decreasing the amount of prostate-stimulating hormone (PSH) in the blood had a significant impact on the risk,” Dr. Tanno said.
“The study showed that taking the pill and reducing your PSA by 50 percent significantly lowered your risk compared to people who were taking a combination of both drugs.”
“It’s not that testosterone is an absolute cure-all,” Dr Tannos said.
But he believes that for men who are at a high risk for prostate-related cancers, it is the best approach available.
“For the vast majority of people who are diagnosed with the disease, testosterone replacement is a very effective treatment for their symptoms and there is no evidence that it’s harmful,” he said.
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“There are many people who will benefit from taking testosterone replacement.
There are some who will not benefit from it.
For these people, there are treatments that can help.”