Everyday more and more men are taking a step to feel younger. Testosterone therapy is now seen as a way to feel better, more energetic, and even more “romantic.” The craze has gone strong in large part thanks to a media blitz by pharmaceutical companies. Those commercials introduced the world to low testosterone, more commonly known as Low T.
Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone. Not sex as in what happens in the bedroom, but sex as in gender. During puberty and early manhood, testosterone is what gives men facial and body hair, a manly voice, and bigger muscles. Around the age of 30, the majority of men begin seeing a gradual drop in their testosterone levels.
It only seems logical that one would want to have high levels of testosterone. If testosterone is what gave them good, masculine qualities, then surely one would not want to see their t-levels drop.
Pharmaceutical companies picked up on this human emotion and found a way to profit off of it. And profit they did. From 2002 – 2012, the U.S. sales of testosterone gels, patches, injections and tablets went from merely $324 million to about $2 billion.
What pharmaceutical companies don’t want their customers knowing is that research shows that lowered levels of testosterone in older men are not necessarily due to old age, but due to the fact that most men gain extra pounds as they age due to a less healthy and physical lifestyle. Even Dr. Farid Saad, who helps make testosterone prescriptions for the pharmaceutical giant Bayer, says that “changes in weight seem to be more important than aging itself.”
Big Pharma’s advantageous marketing scheme even drew the criticism of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only approved testosterone products for men that had a major medical condition such as testicular problems due to chemotherapy. When pharmaceutical companies started advertising testosterone products to the average aging man, the FDA boldly stated that testosterone products were not approved for men with age-associated symptoms.
Unfortunately for the many men that were charmed by promising commercials, recent research casts a shadow on the safety of testosterone replacement therapy. The results of two separate studies have forced the FDA to investigate the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking testosterone products that were previously FDA-approved.
Men, and the family who suffered from one of these side effects while taking AndroGel, Axiron, Androderm, Fortesta, Testim, Testopel, Depo Testosterone, Bio-T-Gel, Delatestryl and Strianthave have begun to seek out legal representation. Lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products are handled on an individual basis – not on a class action basis. As a result, it is imperative to reach out to an attorney who specializes in these types of cases to file your suit. Time is running out to participate in these settlements. If you are interested in participating in this settlement, you can elect to have your case reviewed by an attorney here.
And for those yet to be prescribed, but still interested in testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), here is a word of advice from Harvard University:
“Testosterone therapy is not a fountain of youth. Don’t try it in hopes of channeling your more youthful physical or sexual self, of living longer or healthier, or of improving your memory or mental sharpness. Exercising more would be a safer—and probably more effective—approach for achieving those goals.”
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