Maybe you’ve seen the TV commercials showing men looking depressed mopping around and the women ignoring them. These are powerful ads selling the promise of better moods, better sex lives and boundless energy levels. They even came up with a great marketing slogan wrapped into a fake medical condition they call “Low-T”.
But what they don’t tell the viewer is that by using these various testosterone treatments is the danger of doubling the risk of heart attack or stroke.
The number of men who have turned to testosterone treatments as a “fountain of youth” to treat their loss of sex drive, energy and emotions has significantly increased over the last decade. For instance, the number of prescriptions for these treatments has more than doubled over the last five years to over 400 million.
FDA Investigation looms.
As the number of men receiving these treatments has increased so have the number of reports of serious side effects, so many that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently confirmed that it will conduct a review focusing on the safety of these medications.
Among the FDA-approved testosterone treatments that may be subject to review are injections, the transdermal patch, topical gel and the buccal system.
But isn’t this action by the FDA a little late? Why did they allow these companies to create such media frenzy on “Low-T” with all these promises of a better life by simply applying a gel?
I think TV comedian Stephen Colbert best summed up the situation by lambasting one brand of testosterone treatment called Andro-Gel, stating at the end of the bit as “Men we’re simply getting OLDER, and that’s OK!” and “Side effects not only for you, but everyone near you!”
Actual side effects mentioned in the TV Ads: “Discontinue use of AndroGel and call your doctor if you notice unexpected signs of early puberty in a child, or signs in a woman such as body hair.”
Seriously do you want to put something on your body that could lead to side effects in your wife or children? “Don’t touch daddy sweetie I’ve just put on my man juice helper!”
Be safe out there and don’t trust the ads.