Testosterone Replacement Treatments Increase Risk for Blood Clots
No man wants to lose his energy, stamina, strength and sex drive as he ages. So it’s not surprising that testosterone replacement therapy has become increasingly popular in middle-aged and older men.
In the first decade of this century alone, we saw a 10-fold increase in testosterone prescriptions per capita here in the U.S. In Canada, prescriptions of these drugs rose even further – by a whopping 40 times.
But while getting your “mojo” back may sound like manna from heaven, testosterone replacement drugs have some very definite downsides.
In particular, this type of treatment is associated with a horrifying 63% increase in your chance of developing a serious blood clot. (This is known as a venous thromboembolism, or VTE.)
This creates a dangerous situation when it comes to your health.
Testosterone Replacement Drugs Can Trigger Heart Attack, Stroke and Organ Damage
That’s because these clots can travel to the arteries and veins in your brain, heart, kidneys or lungs. Once there, they disrupt the blood supply. This can trigger a heart attack, stroke and organ damage. It can even result in death.
Interestingly, we’ve known about this risk for quite some time now. In fact, back in 2014, the FDA started requiring all approved testosterone products to carry a warning about the risk of VTE. But that hasn’t stopped the flow of testosterone prescriptions walking out the doors of doctor’s offices.
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In the meantime, an international team of researchers wanted to take a closer look at how the timing and exposure of testosterone treatment might affect the development of VTEs.
They identified three different groups of testosterone users:
1) Those under current treatment. 2) Men with recent (but not current) treatment. 3) Men with no treatment during the past two years.
Clotting Risk Increased 63% in First 6 Months of Testosterone Therapy
The team found that, in the first six months of treatment, current testosterone users had a 63% increase in the risk of VTE. However, the risk declined after more than six months of treatment and when treatment was stopped.
This is just one thing men need to take into consideration when weighing the pros and cons of testosterone replacement therapy. There are also a few more. Specifically, the FDA expanded warnings about these drugs to include increased risk of heart attack, stroke and mental health issues.
Natural Ways to Boost Your “T”
There’s no doubt that keeping your testosterone levels at adequate levels as you age can help keep you feeling younger and more virile. However, there are several natural ways to boost your body’s own production of this manly hormone.
Martinez C, et al. Testosterone treatment and risk of venous thromboembolism: population based case-control study. BMJ 2016;355:i5968
Dana Nicholas is a freelance writer and researcher in the field of natural and alternative healing. She has over 20 years of experience working with many noted health authors and anti-aging professionals, including James Balch, M.D., Dr. Linda Page, “Amazon” John Easterling and Al Sears M.D. Dana’s goal is to keep you up-to-date on information, news and breakthroughs that can have a direct impact on your health, your quality of life… and your lifespan. “I’m absolutely convinced that America’s misguided trust in mainstream medicine – including reliance on the government to regulate our food and medicine supply – is killing us, slowly but surely,” she cautions. “By sharing what I’ve learned throughout the years I hope I can empower others to take control over their own health.”