Testosterone therapy can significantly elevate a user’s risk of stroke (blood clots in the brain). Unfortunately, many products for “Low T” fail to warn about the link between testosterone and stroke, and instead encourage men to seek treatment for low libido, decreased energy, and more.
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Testosterone and Stroke
Testosterone increases the risk of blood clots by thickening the blood, elevating blood pressure, and increasing the number of red blood cells. When blood clots form, they can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Testosterone also increases free-circulating estrogens, which may increase the risk of stroke. Estrogen therapy has been linked to blood clots and strokes in both men and women.
What is the problem?
Testosterone therapy is a controversial treatment for improving sexual function, strength, and well-being in aging men. Although no studies have investigated the long-term risks, testosterone therapy is used by approximately 2.9% of American men over 40, and 5.3 million prescriptions were written in 2011.
The skyrocketing popularity of testosterone is largely due to aggressive marketing of products like AndroGel to men with “Low T.” These symptoms include vague and common problems like low energy, sagging muscles, and decreased libido. Unfortunately, for many men, the risk of stroke may outweigh the benefit of treating “Low T.”
Studies of Testosterone Stroke Risk
Men on testosterone may also be 30% more likely to have a stroke, heart attack, or other severe cardiovascular event, according to a study published in November 2013 by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Out of 1,200 men on testosterone, 33 had a stroke during the study. The 3-year event-rate was 25.7% for the testosterone group and 19.9% for men not on testosterone.
Testosterone Product Labels Updated With Stroke Warnings
March 3, 2015 — The FDA issued a Safety Communication and announced that the label on testosterone products must be updated to warn about the possible increased risk of stroke. The FDA also cautioned that testosterone therapy is not approved or recommended for treating “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops. If normal circulation does not return within a few minutes, brain cells can die. For every minute during a stroke, 2 million brain cells die, causing permanent brain damage. Testosterone therapy is associated with ischemic strokes, which are caused by blood clots in the brain, although strokes can also be caused by bleeding in the brain.
The severity of a stroke depends on what part of the brain is damaged. People who have minor strokes may only have weakness in an arm or leg. Serious complications can include speech problems, paralysis, and memory loss. Although many people survive strokes, about two-thirds have some disability.
Testosterone stroke symptoms:
- One side of the face droops
- When the person raises their arms, they drift downward
- Speech is slurred or strange
- Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement
- Vision changes
- Trouble walking or loss of balance
- Sudden dizziness or severe headache
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