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Controversy over testosterone therapy for weight loss

Data recently presented at the virtual European and International Congress on Obesity is supporting the use of testosterone therapy to treat men with obesity but experts in weight loss are raising concerns.
Data recently presented at the virtual European and International Congress on Obesity is supporting the use of testosterone therapy to treat men with obesity but experts in weight loss are raising concerns.

WESTON, Fla. – Data recently presented at the virtual European and International Congress on Obesity is supporting the use of testosterone therapy to treat men with obesity but experts in weight loss are raising concerns.

“Testosterone therapy has been used for males who are deficient and it has proven that for those who are deficient that they also have weight loss up to 20%, however when it comes to how much you lose it’s durability and testosterone therapy is not a durable treatment in the long run,” said Dr. Raul Rosenthal, a bariatric surgeon with Cleveland Clinic Weston.

Rosenthal added that testosterone therapy also has a risk of producing potentially deadly blood clots.

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Veteran journalist Kathleen Corso is the special projects producer for Local 10 News.

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