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Low Testosterone Gels May Increase Risk for Heart Problems

Men that use testosterone gels may be at an increased risk of developing heart problems. New research found that the gels, which are used by men with low testosterone (low T) to boost libido, can increase the amount of coronary artery noncalcified plaque. Researchers enrolled 180 men aged 65 and…

Quick Hits: Abuse Warning for Rx Testosterone, a Second Chance for Kratom & More

The FDA is adding a warning to all prescription testosterone products regarding abuse and dependence risks. Prescription testosterone was already designated a Schedule III controlled substance due to safety risks impacting the heart, brain, liver, mental health and endocrine system if taken more than directed. Additional case reports indicate that…

Low-T Gels Not Highly Effective – or Safe

Testosterone gels, such as AndroGel and Axiron, are approved to treat a condition called male hypogonadism, in which the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone. Men with this condition have testosterone levels that are sharply lower than normal for their age. But since the gels’ approval in the early 2000s, they…

Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Lower Testosterone Levels In Unborn Sons

Acetaminophen may reduce testosterone production in the male offspring according to a mice examination by the University of Edinburgh. When the female mice were fed acetaminophen for seven days, the unborn male offspring showed an 18% drop in seminal vesicle weight and a 45% drop in testosterone levels. Via Medical…

FDA Flip-Flops on Safety of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Only 9 months after its July 2014 rejection of a petition for a black-box label on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), the FDA has reversed itself. It has issued a warning about overuse of TRT and its potential to cause serious cardiovascular side effects. Why the reversal? And will it reverse…

Testosterone No Help for Androgen-Deficient Women

Healthy women with low androgen levels don’t need testosterone therapy, according to a new guidance published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Margaret Wierman, MD, of the University of Colorado in Aurora, and colleagues reviewed two systematic reviews of published data and considered several other existing meta-analyses and…

JAMA Refuses to Retract Paper on Testosterone Risks

Pressure is mounting as 25 international societies have now joined the Androgen Study Group’s petition to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to retract a misleading paper about cardiovascular risks for men taking testosterone therapy. These professional societies, including the American Society for Men’s Health, the International Society…

Is testosterone the new estrogen?

Excellent article on adverse side effects of estrogen in HRT and tying it to proposed testosterone to improve sex lives. Missing history of DES (estrogen) that damaged women and fetus’ before HRT experiments. Via USC Annenberg.

Testosterone Usage Soars: When Doctors Relent to Patient Pressure

3x as many men over 40 years old are prescribed testosterone today than 10 years ago (2001-2011), according to a new study. Has there been a sudden epidemic of hypogonadism (low testosterone)? Unlikely. To diagnose low testosterone a doctor needs to take a blood test. To diagnose it thoughtfully, several…

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