Exercise, Obesity, and Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Recent studies presented at a meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) demonstrate that exercise can greatly improve the effects of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), even causing gains after the therapy has ended. One of the three studies demonstrated a correlation between obesity and a higher failure rate for testosterone replacement therapy. Another study warned that men undergoing TRT in their 30’s and 40’s may be at risk of infertility as a result.
The good news is that men can greatly improve the chances of success with their TRT by committing to a regular exercise regimen during their treatment. A South Korean college, Inje University, conducted a study of 50 patients with late-onset hypogonadism (low testosterone). Two groups were formed. One group received 12 weeks of treatment with 8 weeks of follow up including 90 minute exercise programs three days a week. Both groups showed improved levels of testosterone, but the group with the exercise program had significantly higher levels.
Dr. Ajay Nangia, a professor of urology at the University of Kansas, said that “There is still so much to learn about testosterone therapy. There are still some legitimate concerns about testosterone therapy, but until we get more studies done, we don’t really know everything we need to know about it.”
This sentiment is important in an environment where low testosterone (Low T) has become such a widely known affliction. Testosterone replacement therapy and other Low T solutions are marketed heavily in commercials towards the general public. The problem is that testosterone replacement therapy prescriptions have increased dramatically in recent years even though it is not entirely understood. Consequently, it has become the subject of numerous lawsuits.
Hazards Of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Any treatment that is going to interact with the body has the potential to cause harmful side effects and TRT is no exception. One dramatic side effect is gynecomastia, the development of breasts in men. The relation to this side effect is in the body’s natural conversion of testosterone to estrogen. An unchecked, overabundance of estrogen because of increased testosterone levels fuels the growth. The same is true for shrinking testicles. The body sees that it has plenty of testosterone and slows down production. Both side effects can be treated with relative ease nowadays so long as levels are monitored and accounted for. However, that was not the case for many patients when testosterone replacement therapy was first being implemented.
A great hazard of testosterone replacement therapy is in the harm it can do to women and children who come into contact with the point of treatment. TRT can cause increased levels of testosterone in either which can have unpleasant side effects like gynecomastia in boys, virilization in children, and bone aging. Women can experience a wide range of side effects ranging from mild to severe.
Legal Ramifications for Harm Caused by TRT
Requesting a free, no-obligation consultation with the American Injury Attorney Group is a wise first step in pursuing damages if you or your loved one were injured and believe testosterone replacement therapy was the cause. We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and analyze your claim. If you are eligible, we can connect you with an affiliated testosterone replacement therapy attorney for representation. Contact American Injury Attorney Group today.