(NaturalHealth365) In the past decade, there’s been a trend toward encouraging men who are experiencing the effects of lowered testosterone associated with aging (also called “low T”) to undergo testosterone therapy to help offset the effects. But, does this increase the risk of heart attacks?
Yes! More and more lawsuits are being filed as it becomes clear that these testosterone ‘treatments’ can lead to grave injuries and complications, including heart attacks.
“Low T” is a great way for the pharmaceutical industry to profit off male issues
Over 5 million prescriptions for testosterone have been written in the United States so far as it is touted as a way to combat muscle loss, decreased libido and lowered bone density. However, most men are unaware of the associated risks. To make matters worse, in many cases, the men undergoing these treatments actually do not even have low testosterone.
Thousands of men who undergo testosterone therapy have reported adverse health effects not long after starting their treatments. In truth, many men who undergo testosterone therapy treatments increase their risk of stroke, heart attack and premature death.
Scientific studies reveal the dangers of testosterone therapy
Studies showing these risks and adverse effects prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action. And, for the FDA to react – you know it has to be pretty bad. The FDA released a safety announcement in early 2014 warning consumers of the potential risks of testosterone therapy and that they would be conducting more investigations into the matter.
Two studies in particular raised the alarm bells, one published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and PLOS ONE. The results showed that testosterone therapy users experienced a two to three times higher chance of a heart attack within the initial 90 days of starting treatment. Risks were present in men over age 65 as well as those under 65 that had a history of heart issues.
No surprise: Deceptive big pharma marketing campaigns downplay the threat to human health
The studies also indicated that most of the men who undergo these treatments do not even actually suffer from lowered testosterone; as many as 43 percent showed normal testosterone levels. They were misled by the marketing of these treatments into believing it would offset natural aging effects such as muscle loss, decreased libido and lowered bone density. Previous studies found similar results of a higher risk of heart issues in testosterone therapy users under age 65.
Five men have come forward since the FDA announcement, and more victims of testosterone therapy are emerging. Some of these men are filing lawsuits against the AbbVie company, which makes AndroGel. These men have suffered heart attacks, strokes and mini-strokes after using testosterone products.
While a condition called hypogonadism can lead to low testosterone in some men, the truth is the vast majority of men do not have this issue and receive only the risks — not the benefits — of these treatments. A number of the pending lawsuits focus on the fact that the companies that created these treatments deceptively marketed them to men with normal testosterone levels while downplaying the serious health risks.
And, let’s face it, when faced with a real case of low testosterone – lifestyle issues must be addressed. For example, when dealing with hormonal imbalances, it’s a good idea to look at your exposure to plastics, EMF pollution, poor dietary choices and emotional stress issues.
Remember, if you’re suffering with poor energy levels due to low testosterone – seek the help of a qualified, holistic physician to heal naturally without the need for toxic drugs.