The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the health risks of testosterone products, but a Cincinnati doctor says it’s already clear that many men who try to regain feelings of youthful vitality through the supplements are endangering their lives. They also could be costing taxpayers and insurance companies lots of money, said Dr. Charles Glueck, medical director of the Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health Cholesterol and Metabolism Center in Evanston.
That’s because medical complications that could arise from misusing testosterone include heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, which could result in death. Dangerous blood clots can develop as soon as one month after testosterone replacement therapy begins, according to a study by Glueck published Aug. 7 in the medical journal Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis.
The Cincinnati Business Courier reported in September that Glueck advised all men to have a simple blood test to determine whether they are at high risk for blood clots before starting testosterone replacement therapy. Now, the FDA is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men undergoing such therapy.
“Health care professionals should consider whether the benefits of FDA-approved testosterone treatment is likely to exceed the potential risks of treatment,” the FDA announced Jan. 31. “We have been monitoring this risk and decided to reassess this safety issue based on the recent publication of two separate studies that each suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular events among groups of men prescribed testosterone therapy.”
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