Testosterone Replacement And Side Effects
Too much testosterone
You’ve heard the horror stories about athletes who use steroids to excess: they can suffer from heart attacks, liver disease, infertility, depression, and streaks of hostility and rage.
If you’ve undergone Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), you could be at an elevated risk for those same serious health conditions.
If this sounds familiar, and you want to do something about it, read on.
What exactly is testosterone and Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
We’ve all heard of testosterone, and we probably know that it’s associated with men and masculinity. But what exactly is this substance – and why would a doctor ever recommend replacing it?
When it occurs naturally in the human body, testosterone is the hormone that is most strongly associated with males’ transition through puberty. Most people – even women – produce it naturally, though of course men produce it in much greater quantities.
Testosterone’s main role is in sexual development, but it also plays a part in increasing muscle mass and bone density.
Testosterone belongs to the class of chemicals called steroids – and here’s where things get a little more complicated. When introduced to the body at larger-than-normal levels, testosterone can cause serious damage.
If you’ve heard about professional athletes being “on steroids” or “doping,” there’s a pretty good chance that the “performance enhancers” they’re using are testosterone-based. That’s because an extra shot of testosterone can increase muscle mass and bone density to higher-than-normal levels.
Just the kind of illicit boost that an unscrupulous athlete might want.
But athletes aren’t the only ones who use testosterone illicitly. Healthcare providers do it, too. And regular consumers are the ones who pay the price.
According to new recommendations, millions of men are candidates for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). The level at which doctors can recommend testosterone therapy has been increased to 300ng/dL, which also greatly increases the pool of available consumers. This has helped testosterone therapy grow into a $2 billion business in the past decade. Basically, if you are 45+, have a desk job and don’t exercise, you are a likely candidate for testosterone therapy.
Millions of men take testosterone supplements, but few are aware of the risks. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that men using a testosterone treatment were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die after three years of use.
Over-promotion leads to over-use: In the past 10 years Testosterone use has increased more than five-fold in the past decade. This alarming growth is due in part to the development of new topical drugs such as Androgel, Testim and Axiron and the explosion of advertising.
Drug companies promote their Testosterone therapies by promising more energy and a better sex life. Who doesn’t want that, right? The stuff practically sells itself! But it has also hurt a lot of good people.
In most cases, the pharmaceutical companies did not properly warn doctors or the public about the degree of risk associated with the therapies, including heart attack, stroke, and death. If you or a loved one has taken a testosterone supplement and experienced a heart attack or stroke, contact us for a free consultation.
The health risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
There are some totally legitimate reasons for a doctor to prescribe testosterone. It can aid in the assistance of delayed sexual development, and it can even be used in the treatment of some forms of breast cancer.
But TRT comes with a price. Some of the “smaller” side effects include
• weight gain
• male breast enlargement
• loss of appetite
An elevation in testosterone levels – which is exactly what TRT is – has also been linked to a number of very dangerous health conditions, including:
• liver disease
• heart disease and heart attacks
• periods of rage and aggression
Testosterone is necessary for growth and sexual development. But too much of it can severely compromise your health.
If you’ve had health problems that you think might be related to TRT, see your doctor immediately.
If you’re fed up with the “medical establishment” playing games with your health, contact TheLawFirm.com. No one advocates for your health like we do.
Why would testosterone need to be replaced?
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is commonly prescribed for patients to address problems associated with lack of energy and an unsatisfying sex life. Administered correctly – and very, very carefully – TRT can address those issues.
But Big Pharma over-prescribes testosterone. How can you tell? Follow the money. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is now a $2 billion business. That’s roughly the same amount of money as the annual Gross Domestic Product of Liberia.
Major pharmaceutical companies conceal from doctors crucial information about the health risks of TRT, and encourage them to prescribe, prescribe, prescribe.
While doctors are busy filling out their prescription pads, patients’ health problems mount and mount. A study by the American Medical Association (AMA) found that men who have undergone at least three years of TRT are 30 percent more likely to have a stroke or a heart attack.
What can we do about it?
First thing: contact your doctor.
If you would like to join one of the many rock-solid Testosterone Replacement Therapy lawsuits, TheLawFirm.com can help. We’re experts in cases like these, and we’ll work hard to advocate for your health in the face of pressure from Big Pharma.
Contact us now for a free consultation.
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