You may have spotted these commercials while watching the football game, your favorite show, or the evening news.
Over the last years, “Low T” advertisements have flooded television networks, warning viewers of the dangers of low testosterone and touting their testosterone therapy products as a solution. With the help of testosterone therapy, such advertisements claim, men can raise their sex drive, elevate their mood, and increase their muscle mass.
Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, not too long after Low-T products hit the shelves, this type of medication revealed itself to have severe, often fatal consequences, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clotting.
This month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the risks of testosterone replacement therapy in a safety announcement, maintaining that “the benefit and safety of these medications have not been established for the treatment of low testosterone levels due to aging, even if a man’s symptoms seem related to low testosterone”.…
Making promises of increased muscle mass, sharpened memory, and boosted libido, drug companies unleashed a flood of testosterone supplements into the market.
Commercials for these products often portrayed men experiencing fatigue, erectile dysfunction, and low sex drives, who then solved their problems with testosterone therapy. These therapies were offered in the form of patches, gels, and injections.
Testosterone replacement therapy products were understandably popular—what man wouldn’t want to reverse the effects of aging? But soon, this type of treatment revealed itself to have severe—often fatal consequences.
What Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone replacement therapy was approved by the FDA to treat conditions regarding deficiency with testosterone levels.…
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, affecting roughly 1 in 7 men over the course of a lifetime. Fortunately, the majority of prostate cancer cases are caught early and are classified as low-risk. Less fortunately, a potentially harmful treatment called testosterone therapy is still commonly prescribed to early-stage prostate cancer treatments despite evidence that it is largely ineffective.
Testosterone therapy, also referred to as androgen deprivation therapy, is a form of chemical castration that reduces the production of testosterone in order to stop the spread of prostate cancer. It is often used if a patient cannot have surgery or radiation treatment due to the cancer spreading beyond the prostate gland, or in conjunction with radiation for patients who are at a higher risk of recurrence.…