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Low Testosterone: Health Experts Discuss Which Men Should Be Treated

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If you are a man diagnosed with hypogonadism, your doctor may prescribe you  a form of testosterone therapy treatment.  A diagnosis of hypogondism means your body does not produce enough testosterone, has difficulty producing sperm, or both.

An article in the Orlando Sentinel outlined some “controversy” among doctors when deciding whether or not to prescribe a patient a form of testosterone therapy treatment.  It cites Dr. Joe Littlejohn of Orlando Health, who is concerned with the “harmful effects of overtreatment.”  Another doctor in the same article, Dr. Daniel Thomas, of the More T Clinic, “thinks many more men can benefit from treatment.”

Do the Risks Associated with Testosterone Therapy Treatment Outweigh the Benefits?

Men who feel they have low testosterone levels should be tested by their physician.

Some men who start testosterone therapy treatment may see an increased energy level, sex drive, more muscle mass, bone density, and insulin sensitivity.

Others could experience some serious side effects.  The FDA is currently investigating the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in men taking approved forms of testosterone therapy treatment.

Two recent studies, one published in PLOS One, “Increased Risk of Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction Following Testosterone Therapy Prescription in Men,” studied men over and under 65 years of age.  Researchers found that men older than 65 had twice the risk of suffering a heart attack after being prescribed a form of testosterone therapy treatment. Younger men had three times the risk, but only among those with a family history of heart disease.

The federal government is currently conducting “The Testosterone Trial” which started enlisting study participants in 2009.  According to University of Pennsylvania endocrinologist Peter J. Snyder, who is heading the trial, results should be released next year, in 2015.

Testosterone Therapy Attorney

Many men across the country have started filing lawsuits against manufacturers of testosterone therapy treatments.  If you or a loved one experienced a heart attack, stroke, or even death after taking a form of testosterone therapy treatment you may be entitled to compensation.