The risk of heart disease spikes significantly when taking cross-sex hormones, according to a Danish study published in August.
The study, published in the European Journal of Endocrinology, looked at 2,671 transgender male and female individuals in their early to mid-twenties, who were taking cross-sex hormones and based in Denmark, over a five-year period, according to The Telegraph. The results of the research revealed that both transgender men and women developed a “significantly increased risk” of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol and were more likely to have heart attacks and strokes.
Males on transgender hormones were 93% more likely to develop a heart issue than men not taking hormones and 73% more likely than biological women, according to The Telegraph. Biological women taking testosterone were found to be 63% more likely to have heart disease than women not taking hormone treatments and have over twice the risk of developing a heart condition as biological men.
The researchers compared the results with a control group of 26,700 and sent the study’s findings to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, according to The Telegraph. Dr. Dorte Glintborg, one of the study authors from Odense University Hospital, in Denmark, said that roughly a third of the risk for biological men was due to the hormones they were taking.
Glintborg told the Daily Caller News Foundation that this “should not result in no medication, but we should screen for risk factors for cardiovascular disease and discuss risk … with the patients.”
Glintborg also warned that transgender people are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes due to taking hormones but said that more research needed to be done on the subject, according to The Telegraph. She noted that cross-sex hormones did not fully explain why biological women were experiencing a higher risk as well.
In June, researchers found that a cross-sex hormone treatment typically used by transitioning females can lead to dementia. A study from the Journal of the American Medical Association also determined that transitioning biological males who get sex-change surgeries are at a higher risk of suicidal behavior, and psychiatric morbidity.
Another August study found that the number of U.S. teenagers getting sex-change surgeries increased significantly from 2016 to 2019. Kids from the ages of 12 to 18 made up 3,678 of the 48,019 patients over the four years, with 405 of those patients getting genital surgery.
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