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testosterone and heart disease

Dec 25, 2003

I am using testosterone gel-once a day. I have been reading many articles indicating that protease inhibitors increase chances of heart disease-Does using testosterone also add an additional burden and increase chances of heart disease like other steriod use?

Response from Mr. Vergel

Tetosterone replacement has not been shown to increase heart disease. In fact, men with low testosterone have a higher risk of heart disease in some studies. Higher (bodybuilding) doses of testosterone have been shown to decrease HDL (good cholesterol),increase LDL (bad cholesterol), and increase blood pressure. Also, higher doses can cause polycythemia, which is a dangerous increase in red blood cells that make the blood too thick to be pumped by the heart. Tetosterone replacement (typical dose is am injection of 200 mg every two weeks, or 1% gels at 5 to 7.5 grams a day) has not shown to have these problems. For more information, read the book "Built to Survive" (


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