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Testosterone replacement therapy increases plaque buildup in arteries of older men

A group of older men treated with AbbVie’s AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy for a year had a 20 percent greater buildup of non-calcified plaque in their arteries than men who received a placebo gel, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The men – 138 in total – had a mean age of 71 as well as having cardiovascular risk factors. Half had severe atherosclerosis, a buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls, which can cause blockages that can lead to conditions such as coronary artery disease, chronic ... Read More

Lipitor may protect against gum disease but increases blood sugar levels

A high dose of the widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin atorvastatin, known by the brand name Lipitor, may help alleviate periodontal disease, a small, randomized study suggests. However, other studies have shown Lipitor puts users at risk for type 2 diabetes, a condition that if not properly controlled can lead to gum disease. Periodontal disease is a gum disease that affects nearly half of U.S. adults. It has been associated with atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries in some studies although more recent studies have questioned the connection. The possible connection between atherosclerosis and gum disease comes from the type of ... Read More