Previous research has shown that higher levels of testosterone can reduce the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, a new study shows that testosterone can worsen certain symptoms once someone has Alzheimer’s. According to the University of North Texas Health Science Center, testosterone is directly linked with aggression, behavioral issues, and hallucinations for men with the disease. Agitation and delusions occur in at least 70 percent of Alzheimer’s patients.
This new study raises a number of concerns regarding testosterone-replacement therapy. It is becoming very common for older men to take testosterone-replacement drugs. If they develop Alzheimer’s while still taking testosterone pills, it could have a number of negative and unintended consequences. Therefore, this study could have a direct impact on when older men are put on testosterone-replacement drugs and when the drugs should be avoided.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s currently ranks sixth on the list of leading causes of death in the United States. There is currently no cure for the disease and it affects approximately five million Americans. It is a form of dementia that can have an affect on the way the patient thinks, speaks, and behaves. Coupling these issues with bouts of aggression can prove dangerous.
During the study, elderly men with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s were evaluated. They found that the likelihood of hallucinations were 5.5 times greater for the men with elevated levels of testosterone. At this time, more research is needed to confirm this connection. In the meantime, it is advisable for older men to discuss all of the negative consequences that come with taking testosterone treatment drugs.
In addition to the potential link between testosterone therapy and aggression, they also increase the risk for blood clots and stroke. Some patients experience issues with sleep apnea and breast enlargement. Those who use testosterone gel and then touch a woman or child can cause damage including hair growth and premature puberty. Some believe that there is even a link between testosterone drugs and prostate cancer.
We do not yet know all of the dangers of testosterone therapy. If you are experiencing any unexpected consequences, make sure you discuss your situation with your doctor right away. If you have faced adverse health effects because of your medication, you may want to discuss your case with an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney. Monetary support may be available for your significant losses.