In recent news, it was highlighted that testosterone medication could potentially cause heart attacks and strokes and therefore, ultimately, be fatal. This came as a big shock to those who have long turned towards the various testosterone boosting products out there. Most of these products are available over the counter, which means anybody is able to access them if they so choose.Clearly, a lot more research needs to be done in just what the potential effects of these products are on our overall health.
A recent study is at the heart of this latest discovery and has the scientific world up in arms about what needs to be done next. Indeed, the results were conclusive.
“The new research found that among 8,709 older men who were assessed for the possibility of blocked arteries, those taking testosterone were 30% more likely to suffer an adverse event — a stroke, a heart attack or death.”
These are incredibly frightening statistics and really demonstrate how important it is to do something about it. This is particularly true for those remedies that can be purchased over the counter, but also for those available on prescription. When a medical professional prescribes a certain kind of medication, we expect that it will not be harmful to us. Of course, all medications have side effects, but for them to be as significant as these is very worrying to say the least.
Adverse Effects of Testosterone Treatment
There are a number of things we now know about testosterone treatment. One of the main ones is the effect it has on red blood cell count.
“Testosterone therapy can raise a man’s red blood cell count. This can lead to a thickening of the blood, which may make stroke and clotting more likely. Eisenberg says that men can offset that risk by occasionally donating blood.”
Additionally, it can lead to acne outbreaks and sleep apnea. However, these effects do go away once treatment has stopped. On the other hand, just because they go away doesn’t mean that they are any less annoying – or any less dangerous. We also know that those who use the treatment have to make sure they keep it out of reach of children and women, and that they make sure that no skin to skin contact takes place. This is because the treatment can cause excessive hair growth in both children and women. Not just that, in children, it can set off premature puberty. Considering all of these things, it seems that we shouldn’t use the creams at all!
The FDA Response
Two separate studies have recently been released that have showcased the link between testosterone therapy and heart disease and stroke.The FDA has always believed that this type of medication is without danger, but after these two studies, they have had to admit that further research may be necessary.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. We have been monitoring this risk and decided to reassess this safety issue based on the recent publication of two separate studies that each suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular events among groups of men prescribed testosterone therapy. We are providing this alert while we continue to evaluate the information from these studies and other available data, and will communicate our final conclusions and recommendations when the evaluation is complete.”
As such, the evaluation is currently taking place and the jury is still out. At present, they continue to mention the fact that these gels should only be prescribed to men who have more than just low testosterone, and that they also have to have a medical condition that is associated with these low levels. As such, there are no current product recalls or warnings to people to no longer use the therapy. However, the alert has gone out, which means all medical practitioners who prescribe the treatment now have to report back to the FDA if any negative side effects – including heart problems and strokes – are noticed in people who currently use it.
For most people, testosterone gel was a fantastic product that could solve a lot of problems. However, since these reports, most of us would prefer to use natural methods in order to boost testosterone. This is particularly true so long as the results from the FDA aren’t in yet. It is always better to be safe than sorry and not find yourself in a situation where you are effectively a Guinea-pig.