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Editor's Correspondence
July 10, 2000

Testosterone and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(13):2061-2067. doi:

In the report by Lotufo and colleagues1 on male pattern baldness and coronary heart disease (CHD), the authors conclude that "vertex pattern baldness appears to be a marker for increased risk of CHD." In the "Comment" section, they state that testosterone may provide a "plausible explanation for an association between baldness and CHD." The reference cited is a study that shows elevated testosterone levels in men with prostate cancer and baldness2; however, there were no measured testosterone concentrations in the data presented.

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