Testosterone replacement therapy may sound attractive with ads promising to build muscle mass and boost libido, but Low T therapy may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, warns Dr. Joe Littlejohn, a urologist at Orlando Health. It could be deadly.
If you listen to the advertisements from drug companies pushing testosterone products, such as AndroGel, Testim and Axiron, the therapy can help men feel decades younger. Though testosterone levels drop naturally as men age, these supplements can help men turn back the clock. What’s not to love?
New research, however, has raised some serious red flags that question whether the risks associated with testosterone treatments are worth the benefits. And whether many of the men receiving treatment for low testosterone actually need it.
Recent studies show that older men who use testosterone supplements have a 33 percent higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or to die from any cause. Younger men with heart disease also are at greater risk for cardiovascular problems. “There is definitely some controversy,” Dr. Littlejohn said.
What’s even more concerning is that drug companies have used marketing campaigns to encourage men to talk to their doctors about testosterone treatment, resulting in record-high prescriptions in the past few years. However, according to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, only about 5.6 percent of men actually experience symptoms associated with low testosterone.
That means there are thousands of men who are taking testosterone treatments who do not need it and who are also needlessly exposing themselves to dangerous testosterone therapy side effects.
Source: Orlando Sentinel