Entries by Janet

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Does ADT Raise Your Risk of Alzheimer’s?

Part Four of Four It’s challenging enough that you need to be on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in the first place.   Now, in addition to prostate cancer, you have to worry about the risk of dementia? Some studies have shown an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and cognitive impairment and depression are known problems that […]

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ADT and Cognitive Impairment

Part Three of Four Does ADT cause cognitive impairment? This question seems simple, but really, it’s more like opening a medical can of worms. So let’s ask a different question. Do men on ADT get cognitive impairment? Yes, some do. But many don’t. It is hard to pin down definitive facts here – like, how many men get […]

ADT and Metabolic Syndrome

Part Two of Four Metabolic syndrome includes an unholy cluster of bad things that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Elevated blood pressure; unhealthy levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides; and abdominal fat – a big jelly donut of visceral fat, also known as “heart attack fat,” right around your belly, a cardiac […]

ADT and Prostate Cancer: Who Really Needs It?

Part One of Four The only people who really like androgen  deprivation therapy (also called ADT, or hormonal therapy) are the drug companies that make billions of dollars a year selling the drugs.   Doctors don’t like it, and men don’t like being on these drugs.  So why do it?   There are few specific situations when […]