A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that problems like erectile dysfunction and weight gain can be caused by a lack of estrogen as well as testosterone.
In menâ€™s bodies, a small amount of testosterone is regularly converted to estrogen to maintain healthy hormone levels. When testosterone production declines in later years, estrogen levels decline as well, causing unpleasant side effects.
The experiment observed 400 healthy men between the ages of 20 and 50. All of the subjects took a drug that naturally suppresses testosterone and estrogen production. Then researchers gave them different doses of testosterone, but half of the men also received medication that stopped the hormone from being converted into estrogen.
Researchers discovered that both estrogen and testosterone loss can impact a manâ€™s erectile function. Low estrogen levels also appeared to encourage weight gain.
Pharmaceutical companies have made big money by marketing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) as a way to improve libido and help patients lose weight, but those problems may not be caused by testosterone at all. By choosing TRT over other options, patients risk developing health problems from the drugâ€™s harmful side effects.
Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating claims that TRT causes heart attack, stroke and blood clot risks in older men. In the past year, hundreds of victims and their families have filed lawsuits against products like Androgel and Androderm, accusing them of deceptive marketing practices.
Pharmaceutical companies know that testosterone therapy comes with serious risks, but it sells well, so they continue to market the drug to the people it harms the most. If you have been injured by TRT, a pharmaceutical litigation attorney could help you get justice.
[Did You Know: On average, testosterone levels below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) are considered low.]
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