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Endocrine Society says older men should be made aware of heart risks with testosterone therapy

Older men who are considering testosterone replacement therapy to boost their libido, increase muscle mass and fight fatigue should first talk to their doctors about their increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and death when taking the supplements, according to the Endocrine Society. Testosterone therapy is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat a condition known as hypogonadism, which occurs when a man’s testicles do not produce enough testosterone. It is common as men age for their testosterone levels to drop, and many men do not experience or are not bothered by the symptoms. However, drug companies ... Read More

Drug companies to blame for pushing testosterone replacement products

If drug companies want to reclaim their “one-time highly respected status,” Forbes contributor John LaMattina says, “it needs to use less testosterone in promoting its products.” Mattina’s criticism centers on drug companies that have launched massive marketing campaigns to promote their testosterone replacement products, such as Abbott/AbbVie’s AndroGel. The ads encourage men to ask their doctors if they could be suffering from “Low T,” a phrase coined by drug companies to explain symptoms such as low sex drive and weight gain caused by low levels of testosterone. The drugs can help restore libido and build muscle mass, which is a ... Read More

Testosterone treatments can double, triple heart attack risk in men

Men who use testosterone replacement therapies have a “substantial” risk of having a heart attack, says Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic researcher involved in a new study published in the journal PLOS One. The report is one of a series of new studies looking into the long-term effects of testosterone therapy, a treatment that has increased dramatically in popularity in recent years. The study involving 56,000 men found that older men using testosterone supplements were twice as likely to have a heart attack, and younger men with heart disease were nearly three times as likely to have heart problems. “That’s the ... Read More

4 prescription drugs that can be dangerous to your health

Doctors prescribe medication to help relieve symptoms, clear up infections, or prevent or control serious health problems. However, even well-intending drugs can cause serious and even life threatening side effects that people should be aware of. Here’s a list of commonly prescribed medications and their potential adverse effects. 1. Type 2 diabetes drugs – Diabetics rely on these drugs to help keep their blood sugar levels in check. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health consequences including heart disease, kidney disease, dementia and neuropathy, to name a few. But these drugs can carry cancer risks. Studies have linked the widely ... Read More

Testosterone replacement products may be overprescribed

Many older men use testosterone replacement products but do not meet the clinical guidelines for treatment, putting them at risk for potentially serious side effects, a new study shows. Testosterone is the male hormone that is credited for improving sex drive, sperm production and bone health. Levels of testosterone generally fall as men age. In some cases, low testosterone can cause men to lose interest in sex and gain weight. In some cases, testosterone therapy can treat these symptoms. Testosterone use among older men has skyrocketed in the past decade, thanks in large part to heavy marketing campaigns in the ... Read More

More men getting testosterone treatment but may not need it

Many older American men start testosterone therapy without a real medical need, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Levels of the male hormone testosterone typically drop as men age, causing symptoms such as low sex drive, weight gain and a lack of energy. Many drug companies now offer testosterone replacement products, such as AndroGel, Testim, and Axiron. These drugs require a doctor’s prescription after blood tests confirm that testosterone levels are below average. Many men in the United States have been lured by drug companies’ marketing campaigns that tout the benefits of testosterone ... Read More

Testosterone therapy dangerous for men who have undergone coronary angiography

Men who underwent a heart procedure known as  coronary angiography and used testosterone replacement therapy to increase their low testosterone levels were at a 30 percent increased risk of death, heart attack, or stroke, according to a study published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Testosterone therapy, which includes products such as AndroGel, Testim and Axiron, has increased greatly in the past decade thanks in large part to aggressive marketing campaigns from pharmaceutical companies encouraging men to talk to their doctors about whether they have “Low T.” Low testosterone levels can be blamed for low libido, ... Read More

Elevated testosterone levels can weaken one’s immune response to flu shot

Higher levels of the male hormone testosterone can weaken the immune response to some types of flu vaccine and should be a word of caution for those who use testosterone replacement therapy, researchers say. Researchers with the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection analyzed samples from 53 women and 34 men and found that women had significantly stronger antibody response to the trivalent inactivated seasonal flu vaccine (TIV). They also found that men with higher levels of testosterone had the lowest antibody responses to TIV. “This is the first study to show an explicit correlation ... Read More

Testosterone treatment linked to increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, death

Aggressive marketing campaigns by drug companies peddling testosterone treatments has resulted in an increasing number of men asking their doctors if they are a candidate for testosterone therapy. Low levels of testosterone, or “Low T” as the drug companies have dubbed it, can be blamed for a variety of symptoms from fatigue and low libido to muscle weakness and weight gain. But testosterone supplementation may not be the wonder therapy marketers are claiming it to be. Recent studies show that men who take the drugs are 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die during a ... Read More

Mortality rates lower in older men with moderate testosterone levels, study finds

Older men with testosterone levels in the middle range tend to live longer than men with levels of the hormone that are either too low or too high, a new Australian study has found. The study, published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), underscores some of the dangers men may face when they use testosterone replacement drugs to boost hormone levels that aren’t chronically low. According to the study’s lead author Dr. Bu Beng Yeap of the University of Western Australia, when testosterone is metabolized by the body, it produces dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a natural chemical linked to ... Read More