Testosterone Replacement Therapy

New research has found that testosterone supplements may cause serious heart-related side effects or even death when taken by men over the age of 65, or by younger men with a history of heart disease.

In January 2014, the journal PLOS ONE published a study reporting that men who took the hormone had a higher rate of heart attacks over the following 90 days. For men aged 65 and up, the risk was doubled, and it was nearly triple the risk in younger men with a history of heart problems.

Some of the side effects of using Testosterone Replacement Therapy include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Arrhythmia
  • Transient ischemic attacks (“mini-strokes”)
  • Blood clots
  • Sudden death

Testosterone levels decline naturally in men as they age, and symptoms may appear slowly: bone density decline, decreased muscle mass, mood changes, hot flashes, tiredness, lost sex drive and fertility. Men hoping to overcome these symptoms ask their doctors to prescribe them a testosterone supplement. In many cases doctors prescribe a testosterone replacement therapy product to their patients without having them first undergo a blood test to determine if their symptoms constitute a real clinical testosterone deficiency (Hypogonadism).

Testosterone replacement therapy can be administered as gel (or solutions), patches, injections, tablets or pellet implants.

Some of the most popular testosterone replacement therapy products are:

  • AndroGel
  • Androderm
  • Axiron
  • Bio-T-Gel
  • Delatestryl
  • Depo-Testosterone
  • Fortesta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Testopel