Facts Don’t Lie
For years, researchers have closely examined whether the effectiveness of Low T drugs make them worth the potential health risks they present. In many cases, the answer is a resounding “no.” One 2010 study, for example, looked at whether older men could benefit from testosterone gel. While the men showed increased strength, they also had five times the amount of cardiovascular complications. Citing safety concerns, monitors were forced to end the trial earlier than planned.
The New York Times reported last year that testosterone medication use had quadrupled in men 40 and older between 2001 and 2011. In addition, approximately 1 in 25 men in their 60s were taking Low T drugs by the end of that same time period. A doctor was quoted in the story as saying Low T medications are comparable to “snake oil.”
Low T drugs are being intensely scrutinized to determine whether or not their risks are worth it for many men. The National Institutes of Health is still in the process of conducting a massive trial to see if older men who take Low T drugs experience improved cognitive, sexual and physical function. The trial began in 2011.
Look Before You Leap
A lot of men believe they are getting some sort of rejuvenating elixir when taking Low T drugs, when the reality is they could experience many of the same benefits by merely exercising more and eating a healthier diet. Tragically, far too many of these men are suffering devastating health effects as a result, including strokes and heart attacks.