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Testosterone prescribed for men who don't need it

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A new study finds the number of middle-aged men with prescriptions for testosterone has nearly tripled in the past decade.

The treatment is approved specifically for the treatment of abnormally low testosterone levels. But according to the study many men who receive a prescription may not actually have a deficiency.

 Most of the patients are in their 40's. The hormone can help build muscle and increase sex drive.

The long-term effects of testosterone therapy are unknown.

This study is from researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and is published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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