Testosterone therapy or low T treatment is prescribed to men to combat the natural decline in testosterone as they age. It helps improve sex drive, strengthen bone density and build muscle mass.
Testosterone is a hormone that promotes the growth of the male reproductive system, contributes to proper sexual function, boosts libido, prevents loss of scalp hair and even reduces the accumulation of abdominal fat. It can affect numerous areas of the body.
As men age, testosterone production naturally declines. According to the Mayo Clinic, testosterone production naturally declines about 1 percent every year after age 30. This is a normal occurrence that may be caused by the testosterone receptors becoming less receptive, resulting in a decrease in testosterone production. Symptoms usually become more noticeable among men between the ages of 48 to 70.
The result of lower testosterone levels can vary from man to man but may include any of the following:
- Loss in muscle strength and function
- Increase in body fat
- Decrease in bone density
- Decrease in sexual drive and function
To combat these negative health issues, many men turn to low testosterone (low T) treatments as a method to boost the production of testosterone. These types of treatments come in the form of a gel, patch or injection. Specific types of testosterone treatments include:
While taking low T treatments may reverse the effects of testosterone loss as a result of natural aging, it may not be for everyone. Use of the medication has been linked to certain risks, including heart problems, sleep apnea, high red blood cell production, skin reactions, breast enlargement and lower sperm production.
FDA Cautions About Using Testosterone for Low Testosterone Due to Aging
In January 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a testosterone safety announcement stating testosterone therapy is only approved for men who have low testosterone levels caused by certain medical conditions. Testosterone therapy is not approved for men who have low testosterone levels due to aging.
As a result, the FDA ordered all testosterone therapy manufacturers to update the labels of all testosterone products to inform men about the increased risk of stroke, heart attack and death in patients taking testosterone.
File a Low Testosterone Therapy Lawsuit
If you are currently undergoing treatments for low testosterone or testosterone therapy, discuss the increased risk of heart problems with your doctor. Do not stop taking any medication until you have discussed the risks and benefits of doing so with your health care provider.
The pharmaceutical attorneys, led by named shareholders Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy, at Simmons Hanly Conroy are currently investigating legal claims regarding men who suffered a stroke, heart attack or even died while taking low T treatments or testosterone therapy. If you or a loved one has been injured while taking low testosterone treatments, contact our experienced lawyers today to learn more about filing a testosterone lawsuit.
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