Two recent medical research studies came up with findings that raise disturbing issues for men who have been taking medications designed to treat lowered testosterone levels. One of them concluded that some men may be at 50 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke than men who do not use these medications.
These medications must be prescribed and are only approved for treatment of men with what is popularly called “low T” – documented low testosterone levels. This problem can cause serious sexual side effects, loss of energy and negatively affect emotions.
For instance, in a study recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association researchers found that men who underwent treatment with medications used to treat low testosterone were nearly 30 percent more likely to suffer death or a serious heart condition such as a stroke or heart attack than men who did not undergo such treatment.
That study analyzed the effects of testosterone therapy treatments in 8,700 men over three years
An even higher risk level was reported by UCLA researchers who found that testosterone supplements could even double the risk of some men having a heart attack or stroke in a study that involved almost 56,000 men who underwent the treatments for three months.
Researchers also said they were concerned that the warning labels on these medications list some possible side effects but there is no caution to men about this significantly increased risk of suffering a fatal heart problem.
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The drugs listed below are FDA-approved medications most frequently used be men in an attempt to treat the symptoms of low testosterone:
And another recent study showed that many of the men receiving testosterone treatments may not even have low T and are being put at health risk just because they have symptoms such as fatigue and diminished libido.
As many as 43 percent of men being treated with the medications had a normal level of testosterone, according to the study
“We don’t know very much about this therapy,” a cardiologist was quoted as saying on one media outlet “What’s going on is a giant experiment with American men’s health at stake because we don’t have the long-term data on the safety of these products.”