As concerns over the health risks associated with testosterone supplements continue to grow, researchers are warning doctors to be cautious about prescribing the products to treat “Low T.” Recent studies have determined that testosterone boosters, which are now prescribed to nearly 3% of American men over the age of 40, may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots and death. These topics were discussed at this month’s annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA).
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What’s the Problem?
Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, a professor of pharmacology at Georgetown University who spoke at the recent AUA meeting, warned doctors not to be swayed by the recent media blitz urging men to seek medical treatment for low testosterone, a condition commonly referred to as “Low T.” Dr. Fugh-Berman cautioned that the pharmaceutical industry has been marketing supplements like AndroGel and Depo-Testosterone as “fountains of youth,” despite new evidence which suggests there may be life-threatening cardiovascular risks associated with TRT.
The doctor went on to point out that over the past several years, testosterone boosters have been increasingly prescribed to patients with normal testosterone levels. She also stated that there is no evidence to suggest the supplements provide any tangible benefit for most men, yet they may increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and sudden death.
Dr. Fugh-Berman cautioned that the recent popularity of TRT is similar to what was seen several years ago with the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in older women. In both instances, the supplements are intended to treat hormone losses that are a natural part of aging. However, subsequent studies determined that HRT for women may increase users’ risk of developing breast cancer. Hormone replacement therapy was heavily marketed to women in much the same way as TRT supplements are now marketed to men, and Dr. Fugh-Berman warned that history may be repeating itself as more evidence emerges about the risks of testosterone replacement therapy.
In November of 2013, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that older men, as well as younger ones with a pre-existing history of heart problems, had an increased risk of cardiovascular health complications following the use of TRT. That study was followed 2 months later by another in PLOS ONE which found that Low T boosters may double the risk of heart attack in young men with prior heart problems, as well as in men over 65 with no pre-existing heart problems. After reviewing these studies, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation into the safety of testosterone supplements.
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