With recent news that the FDA is investigating the risk of cardiovascular events associated with testosterone products (such as Axiron and AndroGel), what’s a guy to do? Testosterone appears to decline naturally with age, but this opinion piece in The New York Times suggests that “low T” is not nearly as common as those pushing off-label low T marketing would have you believe. Even Stephen Colbert has chimed in on the absurdity of it all:
With testosterone therapy, middle-aged men now have a way to feel inappropriately good about themselves.
But, testosterone supplements are no laughing matter. In a study by William D. Finkle titled Increased Risk of Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction Following Testosterone Therapy Prescription in Men, researchers found the risk of heart attack doubled in the 90 days after starting testosterone treatment among men 65 and older. Men thinking of taking testosterone supplements should think twice before looking to a quick and easy solution.
Lisa M. Schwartz, MD offers an excellent commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine with Low “T” as in “Template” – How to Sell Disease. She says,
Before anyone makes millions of men aware of Low T, they should be required to do a large-scale randomized trial to demonstrate that testosterone therapy for healthy aging men does more good than harm.
So, again, what’s a guy to do? Well, part of the aging process involves lowered testosterone levels, but WebMD has some common sense ideas on how to boost testosterone naturally. Additionally, Donal O’Neill, star and maker of the documentary Cereal Killers, outlines The “Great 8” Fatty Foods that will help with heart health, pointing out that fat is required for adequate hormone production.
If you have already taken or are currently taking testosterone supplements and think suffered adverse effects, such as heart attack or stroke, feel free to contact Scott Levensten at the Levensten Law Firm to learn how to protect your rights to compensation. We can help.