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Peyton Manning rumor draws attention to risks linked to performance-enhancing drugs

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is not the first professional athlete to be accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, the use of these drugs – including human growth hormone (HGH) and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)  – has been a problem among professional athletes since at least the 1960s, and has grown in prominence in the past decade. But the benefits may not be worth the risk. Although Manning vehemently denies using drugs to enhance his sports performance, the swirling rumors have provided a spotlight to examine the risks associated with the drugs. HGH was developed in 1985 and is ... Read More

Testosterone replacement therapy offers no proven benefits for aging men

There is no proof that testosterone replacement therapy is safe and effective for aging men, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorities said in a paper published in the Aug. 20 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Testosterone supplements have been heavily marketed to men as a treatment for so-called Low-T, or low testosterone levels. The ads ask men if they suffer from symptoms of this condition, which include low libido, weight loss and muscle loss. The marketing has been so successful that prescriptions for the hormone have jumped into the millions. Between 2009 and 2013, the number of U.S. ... Read More

Europe’s drug authority considers heart risks with testosterone replacement therapy

European drug regulators are weighing whether the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy are worth the risk of life threatening cardiovascular events. Testosterone therapy, such as AbbVie’s AndroGel, is approved in both the United States and Europe for the treatment of hypogondaism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone. This can cause symptoms such as low sex drive and muscle loss. In recent years, makers of testosterone treatments have heavily marketed the drugs directly to consumers, asking men if they suffer from what they deem symptoms of “Low-T” – weight gain, fatigue, and general grumpiness. The campaign was ... Read More

Alabama man files testosterone side effects lawsuit after suffering stroke

An Alabama man has filed a lawsuit against the makers of the testosterone replacement treatment Testim, claiming the drug caused him to have a stroke. Robert Hoehl, 64, had no history of cerebrovascular disease or neurological impairments when he began the hormone therapy in the fall of 2011. Less than a year later, he had a stroke. He immediately stopped taking Testim. Doctors noticed he had elevated hematocrit levels, a condition that can increase the risk of blood clots, heart disease and stroke. Hoehl’s blood levels were checked on a regular basis. Within months after quitting Testim, his hematocrit levels ... Read More