More than 5 million prescriptions for testosterone treatments were written in the United States in 2011 alone. These medications are prescribed to men to treat health issues associated with low testosterone. Such health issues may include lower sex drive, weakening bone density and decreased muscle mass.
However, new research has shown these testosterone treatments are more dangerous than initially thought. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a definitive increased health risk among men with signs of heart problems who are taking testosterone supplements.
The study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas examined 9,000 male veterans with an average age of 60 who had gone through at least one coronary angiography between 2005 and 2011. This procedure is meant for people experiencing symptoms like chest pain or for individuals at increased risk of heart problems, and it tests the arteries to check for plaque buildup or other issues.
About 1,200 of the men who had the coronary angiography also had low testosterone levels. They began taking testosterone treatments soon after.
Approximately 2.4 years later, researchers followed up with the men. Among the men receiving the testosterone treatments, results showed that numerous men had either suffered a heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke or death from any cause. Fewer of the men who did not take testosterone supplements also experienced such health problems or died from any cause.
This study aligned with the results found in an earlier clinical trial for testosterone therapy among men with heart problems. The clinical trial ended early after it revealed high rates of heart problems among participants receiving low T supplements.
Specifically, research has shown that men who take testosterone treatments may experience increased risk of:
- Blood clots
- Heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
The dangers of testosterone treatments are becoming more well-known, especially as more study results align with the above findings. Men who have taken testosterone treatments and were injured may be eligible to file for compensation.
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