Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for men designed to increase the levels of testosterone in their bodies. Testosterone therapy treatments are available in various forms, but oral gel supplement and skin patch treatments are among the most popular in the marketplace. Liver complications were discovered to be a common side effect in an oral pill version of the drug, and manufacturers elected not to continue with that approach.
Testosterone replacement therapy was originally approved by the FDA for men who suffered from hypogonadism, an incurable condition which inhibits the product of testosterone in males and estrogen in females. Because hypogonadism cannot be cured, men who suffer from the condition must use the oral gel or skin patch treatments regularly in order to keep their testosterone at a normal level.
Aging and the Decrease of Testosterone
Though it sounds concerning, moderate loss of testosterone is a normal part of the male aging process. It is also quite natural for testosterone levels to fluctuate throughout the average male’s lifetime. It is also normal for aging men to experience weakness, decreased libido, fatigue, and weight gain – typical symptoms of hypogonadism – without actually suffering from any serious medical condition. The medical diagnosis of hypogonadism requires extensive testing and imaging.
However, problems arise when there are drastic changes in testosterone levels. Women begin to produce estrogen during puberty and stop in their mid 40’s or 50’s during menopause. This differs from men who gradually lose testosterone in small increments after the age of 30. When the rate of testosterone loss increases from gradual to significant, an adult male might consider undergoing tests to determine if he suffers from hypogonadism.
What Serious Health Risks are Associated with TRT?
As of late, more and more potential side effects are reportedly affecting patients who are undergoing testosterone replacement therapy. Serious health risks associated with TRT include stroke, heart attack, Pulmonary Embolism, Deep Vein Thrombosis (bleeding in the veins), blood clots, infertility and death. Some of the minor, less-serious side effects included weight gain, breast growth, and mild blood clotting.
The blood clotting issues are caused by an increase in hemoglobin count in the bloodstream. Hemoglobin is a natural chemical in the blood designed to clot the blood and prevent blood loss, but a significant increase in hemoglobin count – especially if the patient has plaque buildup in his veins – can drastically increase the risk of stroke or a heart attack.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Manufacturers
In the past few years there has been a drastic increase of males receiving TRT. This is a result of manufactures marketing their products by listing common side effects linked to aging and alleging to reverse them with the use of TRT. Advertisements allege that that TRT will increase energy, muscle mass, libido, and bone density levels. Many male patients are also falsely led to believe that TRT will improve erectile dysfunction or in
Male viewers with natural aging symptoms are watching these advertisements and consulting with their doctors about possible treatment options. What users fail to realize is that the risks associated with TRT outweigh the benefits.
Cost vs. Benefit: TRT linked to Cardiovascular Complications
In a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) researchers reported that men who used testosterone replacement therapies were 30 % more likely to suffer from a heart attack, stroke, or even death during a three year period in comparison with men with Low T levels who do not undergo treatment. The study had a 3000 participant sample size. The average age of participants selected for the study was 60 years of age. The study consisted of both hormone users and non hormone users. Additional information about the study can be found here.
In another study conducted by the Public Library of Science (PLOS), researchers found that men 65 and older who used prescription TRT products had double the risk of a heart attack with in the first three months of using TRT products. Click here for more information about the PLOS study.
Filing a Lawsuits against Testosterone Replacement Manufacturers
Currently, there are over 1,000 lawsuits filed by patients and their families against testosterone replacement therapy manufacturers and marketers. Patients who have suffered from strokes, heart attacks, internal bleeding, and other complications are filing lawsuits to hold manufactures liable their negligence in warning users about the potential harmful side effects and for false marketing.
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