New Research Suggests that Testosterone Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes
Testosterone is used in men and boys to treat conditions caused by a lack of this hormone. Use of testosterone drugs has increased over the past decade, particularly in the United States, with dramatic shifts from injections to gels. Sales of testosterone gels and creams have dramatically increased despite the fact that long-term effects associated with the use of such drugs is relatively unknown.
Testosterone can be administered in a variety of different ways. There are several types of testosterone drugs available in the United States, including but not limited to:
- Gels & Creams: AndroGel, Axiron, Fortesta, Testim
- Injection: Delatestryl
- Other Types: Androderm, Striant, Testopel
New research suggests that certain men may face an increase risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries from testosterone drug side effects. According to a November 2013 study published in JAMA that followed 87,000 men, researchers found that men with low testosterone levels who underwent a coronary angiography suffered a 29% higher rate of heart attack, stroke and death if prescribed testosterone therapy. A study released on January 1, 2014 by the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism raises even further concerns, suggesting that many men prescribed testosterone therapy have normal testosterone levels and do not meet treatment guidelines, especially in the United States.
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