Martin M. Miner, MD, discusses a challenging case involving testosterone therapy, cardiovascular risk, and prostate cancer. He begins by providing information about a case study patient, highlighting obesity, low testosterone levels, and diminished libido. Dr. Miner then discusses data that find a connection between testosterone therapy and increased cardiovascular risk.
He notes a review of all articles from 1940 to 2014 researching this connection, finding only four studies indicating a connection and uncovering major flaws in their procedures. This leads him to question the link between testosterone therapy and increased cardiovascular risk while also describing the case study patient’s testosterone therapy treatment. Dr. Miner then reviews guidelines from the American Urological Association and the Endocrine Society. He references the case study patient once again, noting the patient’s development of cardiac events and questions whether the patient should return to testosterone therapy.
After reviewing additional data on this topic, Dr. Miner concludes that testosterone therapy has at least neutral effects on cardiovascular risk factors, although additional studies are needed. He transitions the discussion back to the case study patient, noting his new development of prostate cancer and reviewing data on testosterone therapy’s effects on prostate cancer. Dr. Miner opens the discussion up to panelists, who discuss testosterone levels, obesity management, and individualized urologic treatment.Read More