The Side Effects of Testosterone Treatment
Nearly three percent of men in the U.S. over the age of 40 are using prescription supplements to increase their testosterone levels, according to recent reports. However, more physicians are expressing concerns that the research on the safety of testosterone emollients, creams and patches is anything but conclusive, leaving patients and doctors alike uncertain about how and whether to treat “low T” conditions.
Physicians Call for More Research
In the wake of studies linking testosterone treatment therapies to increased stroke and heart attack risks, a physician writing in the British journal Lancet Endocrinology weighed in on the debate surrounding testosterone therapies and the potential side effects of testosterone treatment. In the article, University of Washington endocrinologist Dr. Stephanie T. Page expressed concern for older patients who need to be informed of the side effects of testosterone treatment.
According to Dr. Page, physicians must acknowledge that they do not entirely understand the potential complications and should use conservative treatment guidelines when considering any testosterone therapy prescription. Given the methodology of safety studies surrounding these treatments, causality may presently only be anecdotal, as there is reportedly a wide range of conflicting conclusions. Considering the marketing methods for testosterone products and a possibility of over-prescribing, Page stated that researchers must launch larger, randomized trials in which similar groups of men are assigned a placebo or testosterone and then followed for several years.
A study published in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association has raised concerns throughout the public and medical communities, prompting new calls for additional research by an aggressive disease awareness campaign to alert potential and current testosterone patients of the potential side effects of testosterone treatment. Additionally, men are becoming more informed of the symptoms of low testosterone such as lagging sex drive, low energy and weight gain and how these symptoms could also potentially be caused due to the body’s natural aging process.
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