Are you at risk for a deep vein thrombosis – DVT?
Recent studies have warned that men receiving testosterone therapy may have double the risk of suffering a serious blood clot which could be life-threatening. This is especially of concern if they have been receiving the therapy during the past 6 months. The increased risk of a DVT appears to be more prone in middle-aged men, than in seniors over the age of 60.
Many men ask for testosterone therapy when they feel that their libido is a bit low, especially during middle age. This however, could be a normal sign of aging, and a change of lifestyle and diet may improve health and sexual function, without resorting to the risky testosterone therapy.
In 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration, when the prescriptions for testosterone therapy soared to new heights, warned that the therapy conclusively increased a man’s risk of a DVT which may lead to a heart attack or stroke.
How does taking testosterone cause blood clots?
Here are some of the ways testosterone therapy may raise the risk of blood clots.
- It increases the consistency of the clotting factors in the blood.
- This hormone also raises the red blood cell count, which thickens the blood and makes it flow more sluggishly.
- The action of platelets which helps the blood to clot when you are bleeding from an injury, may also be increased and could lead to a DVT.
Studies suggest that unless you are having treatment for hypogonadism (a chronic shortage of testosterone) it would be safer to refrain from using testosterone therapy. Those who are suffering from the hypogonadism condition and using testosterone should be closely monitored for blood clots. Investigators also found that some men experienced either deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism, both of which can be fatal. This can happen within 6 months of taking testosterone boosters.
Are there also other side effects of testosterone therapy?
There are other possible side effects besides that of potential blood clots. These include:
- Acne and oily skin.
- A lower sperm count may occur in some instances.
- Shrinkage of the testicles can happen and also affect sperm production.
- Larger breasts.
These side effects can occur if you are getting more testosterone than your body needs. This is why it is very important for your doctor to confirm your T levels by means of blood tests before you embark on T replacement therapy.
When you should avoid testosterone therapy
Research has indicated that there are certain conditions under which you should not have testosterone therapy. These include:
- Prostate cancer. This cancer thrives on testosterone which may make it more aggressive. Some men who have a high T count, are given estrogen to bring the T count down before beginning cancer treatment.
- A sever condition of congestive heart failure, which can raise your risk of a heart attack.
- An abnormally high red blood cell or platelet count will also raise the risk of a blood clot.
Due to the potential dangers of testosterone boosters, men who simply want to build muscle or increase their sexual ability, should seek more natural means to increase testosterone, and not put their lives at risk by resorting to chemical hormones.
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