A recent study by PLOS One revealed that men over the age of 65 who take testosterone therapy are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as those not taking testosterone therapies. The risk almost tripled in younger men who also had a history of heart disease.
In 2011, 5.3 million prescriptions for testosterone therapy were prescribed by doctors, five times the amount of prescriptions from 2000. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, from 2001 to 2011, the number of adult males taking testosterone therapy tripled.
While testosterone therapy is stated to have certain health benefits and also is prescribed to enhance masculine features in men, cardiovascular doctors are warning that “prescribing testosterone therapy to thousands of men who may not really need it…is a gigantic experiment” which could have serious adverse health consequences. According to the study, roughly 25% of men taking testosterone therapy did not even have their testosterone levels tested.
Cardiologists are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to conduct rigorous clinical trials about the medication’s risks and are warning other doctors to clearly explain the risk to men who are interested in testosterone therapy drugs, especially those who may have existing cardiovascular complications.
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