There aren’t many arenas more testosterone-fueled than the rapidly growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts, which is drawing huge crowds internationally and lofty television ratings.
The sport’s quite controversial and not just for its violence. It’s rampant with allegations that the combatants abuse steroids and other drugs, including Low-T, or low testosterone medications.
Therefore it’s surprising that one of the stars, Travis Browne, recently came out strongly in an interview with the United Kingdom’s Daily Telegraph against using testosterone replacement therapy.
“They should outlaw it [TRT],” Browne told Telegraph Sport. “But it’s not my job to go out there shouting that it should be that way. The way I look at these things is this: Jon Jones has an 84 ins reach. I want an 84 ins reach, let’s make it fair. But we can’t do that. We are all physically different. Live with it.”
Browne revealed to Telegraph Sport that he had only discovered the low testosterone as part of an overall health check. “I got tested. I did a full blood test to see where my body is, where the deficiencies might be, to see if I might be lacking in anything. They asked if I wanted my testosterone checked, too, so I said ‘Sure, let’s see where my T-levels are’. For my age, I am low. I could go and get TRT if I wanted to, but why?”
“It’s going to give me an excuse to lose. I don’t need that. It’s mentally weak. I don’t care. I don’t care if I’m lower, here, higher there. I’m going to fight you either way. I’m going to punch you in the face either way.”
Some recent findings by medical researchers have found that men – particularly those who have a history of heart problems – may be increasing their risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack by as much as 50 percent with Low-T treatments.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed over this dangerous side effect and among the FDA-approved supplements identified in these Low-T lawsuits are Androgel, Androderm, Axirom, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestry, Depo-Testosterone, Fortesta, Striant, Testim and Testopel.
Sales statistics show that the number of prescriptions for these medications has more than doubled over a five-year period and have topped 430 million. That is a significant portion of the male population in this age group seeking help for low testosterone problems.
UCLA researchers found in a recently-released study that there are significant health risks involved with these medications. The finding was announced after a study that evaluated 56,000 men who used the supplements over a three-month period.