Morning Joe panelist Thomas Roberts says he would “live today, I will borrow from tomorrow” and take testosterone replacement therapy to boost his levels of the manly hormone if his levels were low, despite serious risks with the drugs including heart attacks, strokes and death.
Roberts made the comment during Morning Joe’s segment on Time’s cover story “Manopause,” which addresses skyrocketing sales of testosterone supplements and health risks associated with the drugs.
“We only got the now. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” he said.
Roberts is obviously being lured by television advertisements from drug companies that ask men if they are suffering from low libido, weight gain, or fatigue – symptoms of low testosterone or “Low T,” a term the drug companies coined. The ads encourage men to talk to their doctors to see if they may be candidates for testosterone therapy.
Testosterone replacement products are prescription-only drugs intended for men whose blood levels show decreased levels of testosterone. Never mind that testosterone levels typically drop as a man ages. Testosterone therapy has become a fountain of youth for some. Oftentimes, doctors don’t even bother to check testosterone levels before prescribing the drugs. When the tests are performed, results are hard to pin down as hormone levels are constantly fluctuating.
While testosterone treatments can increase libido and energy levels, it does come at a price. Recent studies have shown that the products can increase potentially fatal cardiovascular events. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation into the safety risks associated with testosterone therapy and will report their findings when the review is complete.