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Prohormone supplements and heart disease


Prohormones are a variety of steroid. They are often used to support weight loss and muscle-building.

A number of prohormone supplements are marketed at men to treat low testosterone levels. Such supplements can include dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and the herbal product Tribulus terrestris. However, a bill was passed in 2014 banning designer anabolic steroids.

Legal variants have emerged since. However, there is little, if any, research to indicate that these prohormone supplements affect testosterone levels. Such remedies may pose a risk to health. The law does not require herbal supplements to be proven safe before sale, so caution is advised.

Prohormones can increase testosterone but boost estrogen, the female hormone, at the same time. They can also cause an imbalance in blood cholesterol, decreasing levels of "good" cholesterol.

The potential side effects of prohormones plus their unproven clinical benefits make them a poor, possibly dangerous choice for boosting testosterone.
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