Has the FDA Missed the Mark Again?
Last week the FDA issued a safety announcement cautioning health care providers about the use of testosterone products for low testosterone due to aging and announcing that they are requiring a labeling change to inform of possible increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Bioidentical Testosterone for Symptoms of Low Testosterone
We have found that administering bioidentical testosterone for symptoms of low testosterone levels in men, regardless of the cause of low testosterone, is beneficial to the health of our male patients. Testosterone levels naturally decline as men age, and as a result, they experience many negative health symptoms. Left untreated, low testosterone levels can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease.
In November of 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a misleading testosterone study which purported to demonstrate that testosterone therapy in veterans had increased their risk of heart attacks, strokes and overall mortality when in fact the raw data reveals just the opposite conclusion. News media from across the country picked up this story and began to warn about the supposed dangers of testosterone, misleading the public.
Testosterone Helps to Prevent Heart Attacks
o Testosterone protects the heart and arteries, and decreases risk of heart disease.
o Testosterone lowers blood pressure by dilating the arteries, including the aorta and coronary arteries of the heart.
o Men with arteriosclerosis generally have low testosterone levels.
o Studies indicate that taking natural testosterone can help reverse arteriosclerosis.
o Testosterone can also counter high cholesterol and angina.
Take a look at these studies that show the benefit of testosterone on the heart:
Risk of Myocardial Infarction (MI) in Older Men Receiving Testosterone Therapy
Conclusion: Older men who were treated with intramuscular testosterone did not appear to have an increased risk of MI. For men with high MI risk, testosterone use was modestly protective against MI.
No Consistent Evidence of an Increased Risk of Heart Problems with Testosterone Medicines
Conclusion: A regulatory body representing European Union member states has
has agreed by consensus that there is no consistent evidence of an increased risk for cardiac problems in men who receive testosterone products to treat hypogonadism.
Acute Anti-Ischemic Effect of Testosterone in Men With Coronary Artery Disease
Conclusion: Short-term administration of testosterone induces a beneficial effect on exercise-induced myocardial ischemia in men with coronary artery disease. This effect may be related to a direct coronary-relaxing effect.
Acute Hemodynamic Effects of Testosterone in Men with Chronic Heart Failure
Conclusion: Administration of testosterone increases cardiac output acutely, apparently via reduction of left ventricular afterload.
Do you think you might be suffering from the symptoms of low testosterone? Do you have more questions about the benefits of bioidentical testosterone? Contact us today for a complimentary wellness consultation.
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