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Profitable “Low-T” drugs raise risk of heart attack

Profitable “Low-T” drugs raise risk of heart attack
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Television commercials make male enhancement drugs sound like a great way give older men the sex drive of their youth. But fooling with the natural aging process with drugs does not come without risks. A new study shows that Low-T therapy can cause heart attacks and strokes.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

The study reported a two-fold increase in the risk of heart attack among men aged 65 years and older in the first 90 days following the first prescription. Among younger men less than 65 years old with a pre-existing history of heart disease, the study reported a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attack in the first 90 days following a first prescription.”

Drugs to increase testosterone levels are generally targeted at men over the age of 40 because that’s the age when the body naturally reduces hormone production. That led pharmaceutical companies to seize an opportunity to profit from selling a sexual Fountain of Youth to older men.

However, despite what some advertisements suggest, Low-T due to advancing age is not a disease. But it is a $2 billion annual money-maker for drug companies.

After about a dozen years on the market, men using male enhancement drugs are finding, like their post-menopausal female counterparts, that taking drugs to counter the natural aging process can be deadly.

As with all medications, doctors and their patients must decide if the benefits outweigh the risks of male hormone replacement therapy.

However, it is also difficult to ignore the fact that Low-T drug manufacturers are profiting from selling some men pills that mask a natural aging process and can cause heart attacks and strokes.


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