There has been a lot of coverage given to the issue of hormone replacement in both women and men which has led men to rush to get testosterone replacement therapy, by the thousands. While falling testosterone levels are a natural fact in aging men, replacing those levels may not provide all the health benefits that proponents claim – and it may be causing greater harm.
As men age, testosterone – which is responsible for muscle growth, hair growth and the “manly” features that appear in puberty, begin to decline. This is a completely natural process and it does result in some loss of muscle mass, some loss of vigor – but then, really thing about it – aging men aren’t as young as they used to be. Seems obvious, but a lot of men have rushed off to the doctor or the hormone replacement clinic for testosterone shots or creams – to regain the vigor of youth.
It turns out that “Low T” therapy that we see advertised on television can be putting men at risk of premature death through heart attacks or strokes.
The results of two large studies have recently been released which show that prescription testosterone replacement therapy increases the risk of cardiovascular events. The FDA has even warned medical providers to carefully consider the risks and evaluate whether the benefits exceed the possible harm that these drugs can do.