Millions of men in the United States suffer from hypogonadism, more commonly known as low testosterone or “Low T.”
Testosterone, the male sex hormone that helps maintain a man’s bone density, muscle strength and mass, red blood cell production, energy and sex drive gradually declines as men age. This may cause men to experience decreased sexual function and desires. While this is a natural part of life, some men associate the side effects that come along with a decrease in testosterone as a decrease in manhood.
To deal with this problem, many men turn to Testosterone treatments, such as Androgel, Axiron, FIRST Testosterone MC, Fortesta, Striant, Testim, and Testopel Many of these come in the form of a cream or a gel and are easy to apply.
It is no surprise that that there is such a large selection of testosterone drugs on the market. According to an article published in Huffington Post, the amount of men taking Testorone drugs for Low T has tripled from 2001 to 2011.
However, many men taking testosterone drugs may be causing themselves more harm than good. Two recent studies published within the last six months showed that testosterone drugs may increase the risks of heart attack, strokes, and other cardiac events.
Because “being a man” is so important to a middle-aged male, Low-T may be viewed as a condition that should be treated at all costs. However, men using testosterone treatments are now finding out the real risks of using testosterone treatment.
Many men are taking Androgel so they can increase their sexual function, without realizing that Androgel can increase their risk for a heart attack.
While he Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the link between Testosterone drugs and heart attacks, a testosterone drug recall is not being issued at this time. Millions of unsuspecting men be just now seeking out treatment for Low-T unaware of the potential link between testosterone drugs and heart attacks.
Aging men who are suffering from low testosterone should have a heart-to-heart with their doctor and talk about all of the options available to them. For some testosterone treatment may be medically necessary. For some, increasing testosterone may not be worth the risks.
Instead of taking potentially dangerous drugs that will make you feel like you’re more of a man, be man enough to know when to put your health first.