Although it’s a simple question — can testosterone help in stroke recovery? — unfortunately, it doesn’t have a simple answer. Like so many medical concerns and potential treatments, some studies support testosterone’s potential to expedite stroke recovery, while others challenge it.
At Viking Medical Center, we see a vital part of our job as educating our clients about these discrepancies, while keeping an eye on the horizon in order to alert you about future developments and advances.
Here, we give you a brief overview of the potential associated with testosterone and testosterone therapy.
Should I count on testosterone in my stroke recovery?
As you know, testosterone is a sex hormone that plays a role in various physiological functions, including muscle and bone maintenance, as well as brain function.
Both testosterone and testosterone hormone replacement therapy have made headlines in recent years, with conflicting information about testosterone therapy’s potential efficacy and safety, relative to treating certain medical conditions.
For instance, some studies have explored the potential of testosterone to aid in stroke recovery, but the results are mixed and more research is needed to establish and confirm a clear link.
Just look at these journal titles… Study: Testosterone Supplementation Reduces Heart Attack, Stroke Risk by the Pharmacy Times on July 16, 2021.
And then there’s Science Daily’s Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can increase men’s risk of stroke and heart attack, published on July 18, 2019.
As you can see, in just two years, the science community switched positions on testosterone’s role in stroke and/or stroke therapy.
Today, there is evidence suggesting that testosterone may have neuroprotective effects and could potentially influence recovery after a stroke. Some studies have shown that testosterone may have positive effects on neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself and form new neural connections.
A recent study by Harvard University suggests that testosterone therapy may be safe for men at risk for heart attack and stroke; however, not enough is known about testosterone’s role following a stroke.
Clinical trials are ongoing to investigate the potential benefits of hormone therapy, including testosterone, in stroke recovery. This is why we alway urge our clients to consult with healthcare professionals and follow evidence-based medical advice when considering any form of hormone therapy.
As with any treatment or supplementation, individual responses to hormone therapy can vary, and more research is needed to determine the optimal approaches and whether testosterone can be a safe and effective part of stroke rehabilitation.
Until the day comes when we have a definitive and lasting answer, our team at Viking Medical Group is standing by to support you with transparent services and favorite products we trust.
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