Another study published in the November edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the risk of heart attack increases with testosterone therapy. That study had 9,000 male veterans who participated in the study. All the participants of the study had been determined to have low testosterone and had survived coronary angiography. Within a roughly three-year span, 26 percent of the participants suffered a stroke, heart attack or died from another cause. Researchers found that when compared to the control group (the group not taking testosterone therapy), those who received testosterone supplements had a percent higher risk of potentially fatal heart issues.
FDA approval is limited
The use of these testosterone supplements is only FDA-approved for men with ‘low T’, men who have documented low testosterone levels. The associated medical condition often includes a testicular failure to produce testosterone. This may be because of chemotherapy poisoning, genetic reasons, or other issues. Testosterone levels can also be affected by brain structure problems. Men who do not have an associated medical condition are not FDA approved for the use of testosterone products.
An aggressive marketing strategy
Despite the fact that the FDA approval is very limited, men throughout the nation are still subject to aggressive marketing to seek treatment. This marketing does not merely address the symptoms of low testosterone levels, but also recommends that men seek out help for emotional issues, mood changes, decreased libido, sagging muscles, low energy, and more. The marketing strategy is clearly working.
Since 2006, the number of Americans who receive low testosterone prescriptions has more than doubled. Despite the fact that prescriptions are becoming commonplace, more than 25 percent of the users admit to never having had their testosterone levels measured before they received a prescription.
The problem is that we have no long-term studies on this type of testosterone therapy. It is essentially a giant experiment to see what happens if someone receives long-term testosterone therapy. The early numbers are certainly nothing positive if we consider that the risks of heart attack and stroke increase greatly.
Understand your legal rights
If you or someone close to you is undergoing testosterone therapy or treatments for low testosterone, make sure that you speak to your doctor about the increased risk of heart problems. It is important that people do not stop taking any medication until talking to their health care provider about the risks and benefits of doing so. If someone has suffered pulmonary embolism, blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack while on testosterone therapy, it is important that you pursue the compensation you may deserve.