Charlie Sheen has been no stranger to the limelight since he revealed last November on the Today show that he was HIV positive. This week on Dr. Oz, Sheen revealed another health mystery – he says his bizarre behavior in 2011, in which he claimed to be “winning” while calling himself a “warlock” with “Adonis DNA,” was actually caused by the overuse of topical testosterone cream.
“I was taking a lot of testosterone cream and I think I went too far with it,” Sheen told Dr. Oz in an interview taped for the Feb. 24 show.
Testosterone replacement products are only available by prescription and are intended for men who suffer from hypogonadism, a condition in which men do not produce enough of the male hormone due to injury or disease. However, manufacturers of testosterone therapies have aggressively marketed the products directly to male consumers in recent years, which has resulted in skyrocketing sales. The ads promoted testosterone therapy to improve symptoms of so-called Low T – low sex drive, weight gain, muscle loss and depression.
Testosterone has also been linked to increased aggression and irritability, which Sheen claims he was a victim of.
Since Sheen’s admitted use of testosterone treatments, the safety of the hormone supplements have come into question. One study found that men who used testosterone therapy were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die after three years on testosterone therapy. A second study found that men had a significant increase in heart attack and stroke within the first three months of testosterone use. That research also found that men who started the study with clear, unobstructed coronary arteries were just as likely suffer a cardiovascular event as men who entered the study with established coronary artery disease.
Testosterone manufacturers are facing numerous lawsuits from men who claim they were not warned of the serious and life threatening health risks associated with testosterone use. Popular brand name testosterone replacement therapies include AndroGel, Testim and Axiron.
Source: The Daily Beast