Boosting "T" levels is all the rage right now, but new research suggests that testosterone supplements may boost the risk of heart attack, stroke or death, especially in older men.
According to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests, researchers looked at more than 8,000 veterans who were mostly in their early 60s. Many already had health problems like heart disease, blocked heart arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Researchers found that over a three-year period, those on testosterone therapy were about 6 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die.
"Our findings raise some uncertainty regarding the potential safety of testosterone use in men," said the authors.
They added, "it is important to inform patients that long-term risks are unknown and there is a possibility that testosterone therapy might be harmful."
Late-night TV ads have made testosterone therapy quite the craze for many men who hope to boost their energy, muscle mass, and sex drive. Testosterone replacement therapy is a $1.6 billion market and could reach $5 billion by 2017, according to reports, and prescriptions for “T” in shots, gels, patches and pellets have increased dramatically.
However, in light of the study, physicians are cautioning that men need to re-weight the benefits and risks of testosterone therapy.
If you or a loved one had a stroke or heart attack after taking a testosterone drug or supplement, like AndroGel, Axiron, Fortesta, Testrim, or Androderm, please call our office for a free consultation.