According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, men are being prescribed testosterone medications in record numbers in the United States. The study’s researchers claim that testosterone use has quadrupled since 2000.
An even more frightening aspect of the study claimed that many men who do not meet the clinical guidelines for testosterone treatment or who have normal testosterone levels might still be getting the green light for testosterone treatments.
“We see a clear trend where more and more men being tested actually had normal testosterone levels. This is a cause for concern as research examines potential risks associated with testosterone use,” a co-author of the study stated.
Various studies have recently come to light that link the use of testosterone to heart attack, stroke, and other adverse health risks. The red flags raised in these studies have spurred the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the serious health risks associated with testosterone therapy.
With the potential cardiac dangers, as well as other adverse side effects associated with testosterone treatment, why have men been seeking the treatment in unprecedented numbers? The Harvard Men’s Health Watch newsletter reported that one should look no further than the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing machine.
“The ongoing pharmaceutical marketing blitz promises that treating ‘low T’ this way can make men feel more alert, energetic, mentally sharp, and sexually functional,” the newsletter’s executive director stated. According to the editor, the pharmaceutical industry fails to point out the very real risks associated with the treatment.
Along with potentially higher heart attack risks (according to one study doubling the risk for men age 65 and older and tripling the risk in younger men with a history of heart disease), the use of testosterone can cause an overproduction of red blood cells, which can increase the risk of developing blood clots inside arteries or veins. Some studies have indicated that testosterone therapy may also stimulate the growth of prostate cancer.
The problem with the rapid rise in the number of men seeking and receiving testosterone treatments over a relatively short period of time is that many of the long-term risks haven’t been studied properly or assessed thoroughly. Yet, that hasn’t stopped Big Pharma from touting the treatments as a fountain of youth.
If you are seeking testosterone treatment it is important that you get tested at the correct time (between 7 am and 10 am when testosterone levels are normally at their peak) and that you have your doctor explain ALL of the side effects associated with its use. Medical experts say that you should approach testosterone treatment with caution if you are at high risk of prostate cancer, have been diagnosed with heart disease, have had a previous heart attack, or have other risk factors for heart problems.
If you or a loved one believe you have suffered an adverse reaction to testosterone treatment, the pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville would like to review your case. Call us toll-free at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online to set up a free consultation today.