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Feds want to limit prescribing of testosterone replacement drugs

The indication for testosterone replacement treatments should be scaled back so that fewer men are prescribed them because the drugs do little to counter the signs of aging, a federal advisory panel announced. The group voted 10-1 to recommend that the prescribing language on testosterone supplements be revised to make it clear that the drugs have not been shown to reverse common symptoms of aging such as low libido, muscle loss, weight gain and fatigue. The new wording would limit the drug only for men who have abnormally low hormone levels due to disease or injury. Testosterone levels typically drop ... Read More

Testosterone therapy poses same safety risks to young men, teenagers

Young men and teenagers hoping to improve in sports are turning to testosterone boosting products, raising concerns about their long-term health. Testosterone replacement therapy is a prescription drug indicated for men whose blood levels show lower than normal levels of the male hormone, resulting in symptoms such as low sex drive, weight gain and fatigue. The treatment can also help build muscle mass, which makes it an attractive supplement to body builders and athletes. Many professional sports have cracked down on the use of performance enhancing drugs, which include testosterone therapy. However, some gyms sell testosterone supplements, says Chad Zimmerman, ... Read More

Testosterone therapy does not appear to work in obese men with type 2 diabetes

Testosterone replacement therapy is designed to treat symptoms of “Low T,” such as low libido, weight gain, and fatigue; however, the treatment doesn’t appear to work on aging, obese men with type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. The new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that testosterone supplements do not improve erectile dysfunction or general health in this population because testosterone levels are not the only issue causing their symptoms. The findings raise even more question about the controversial hormone supplements. Prescriptions for testosterone therapies, such as the widely used Androgel, Axiron and Testim, have skyrocketed ... Read More

Study: Children exposed to SSRIs in utero at greater risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes

Babies born to women who took antidepressants while pregnant are more likely to become obese and develop type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Obesity and type 2 diabetes in children is already on the rise in the United States and is generally blamed on poor diets and reduced physical activity. However, researchers with McMaster University say that maternal antidepressant use may also be a contributing factor in the pediatric obesity and diabetes epidemic. The study focused on a commonly prescribed type of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which include the brand names Prozac, Lexapro, ... Read More

FDA approves first-ever nasal testosterone spray

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance for the first-ever nasal testosterone replacement treatment. Natesto Nasal Gel, manufactured by Trimel Pharmaceuticals, is intended for adult males with conditions associated with deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone, including primary hypogonadism or hypogondotropic hypogondism. Low testosterone levels are associated with symptoms such as low libido, muscle loss, fatigue and weight gain. Natesto is self-administered into the nostrils via a metered-dose pump applicator, which delivers 5.5 mg of testosterone. The recommended dosage is 11 mg, or two pumps (one in each nostril), three times daily. The nasal spray offers a new ... Read More

Millions of children exposed to serious Risperdal side effects

More than a million children in the United States take antipsychotic drugs each year, and tens of thousands of them are younger than 5 years of age, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report. But many child health experts warn that medicating children with the drugs can have dangerous consequences. Antipsychotics have been linked to weight gain and type 2 diabetes, as well as growth of female breasts in boys. “We really don’t know enough about the safety and effectiveness of these drugs,” says Dr. Tobias Gerhard, assistant professor at Rutgers University. Tobias studies prescription rates of antipsychotics ... Read More

Testosterone therapy linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, death

More and more men are using hormone treatments to up their low testosterone levels and enjoy more energy and a stronger libido as they enter midlife; however, the treatment may give them more than they bargained for. A new study of more than 8,700 older men has found that men who use a testosterone supplement were 30 percent more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or die. “Our findings raise some uncertainty regarding the potential safety of testosterone use in men,” authors of the study concluded. “It is important to inform patients that long-term risks are unknown and there ... Read More

Tom Hanks admits type 2 diabetes diagnosis on ‘Late Show’

“Captain Phillips” star Tom Hanks announced on “Late Show with David Letterman” Monday that he has type 2 diabetes. “I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood-sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated! You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man,’” he told a concerned-sounding audience. The Oscar-winning actor has played several roles over the years where he has had to either gain or lose weight. Weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. The chronic condition occurs when the body cannot properly manage ... Read More

Antidepressants associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes

People who use antidepressants may be at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to researchers from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Researchers analyzed 22 studies involving thousands of patients on antidepressants and found users were more likely to develop the chronic disease. However, they were unable to single out a particular class of antidepressants or type of individual as high risk. One explanation is that many antidepressants have side effects that include weight gain, which contributes to the development of diabetes. However, researchers say this does not necessarily mean that antidepressants cause diabetes. Diabetes is ... Read More

Antipsychotics increase risk of type 2 diabetes in children

Children taking antipsychotic medication are at three times greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes compared to children taking other medications for the same disorders, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Antipsychotics include brand name drugs Abilify, Seroquel, Risperdal and Zyprexa. They are traditionally used to treat schizophrenia, however most prescriptions for the drugs are for the treatment of bipolar disorder, ADHD and mood disorders including depression. The study, conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, involved tracking more than 43,000 children and youth between the ages of 6 and 24 years of age enrolled in Tennessee’s ... Read More