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Is it okay to take testosterone to build muscle?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The steroid hormone testosterone administered as a weight lifter’s drug can cause tons of health problems, including cardiovascular complaints, testicular atrophy (shrunken testicles), premature hair loss, gynecomastia (growth of breasts), so-called ’roid rage, or steroid-induced dangerous and reckless behavior, plus all the risks of injecting drugs, such as HIV and hepatitis (liver) infection. Teenagers who abuse the hormone may actually lop a few inches off their adult height, because testosterone causes your long bones to fuse before they normally would, curtailing growth.

So if some guy at the gym offers you a quick fix, that’s not your best option for hormonal help; your body alone should be able to accomplish that testosterone boost, and more.

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