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Low T Wonder Therapy Comes with Warning

Updated: Thursday, July 10 2014, 05:42 PM CDT
The Low T treatment warnings are everywhere now.

"Medical Alert!" screams the TV advertisement.  "Serious injuries may be linked to testosterone therapy including the use of gel's and injections."

Some lawyers are preparing for what they think will be a wave of Low T lawsuits from men who may have suffered a heart attack or stroke linked to Low T therapy.

San Antonio lawyer Dennis Peery says he's working with clients now.

"I'll be happy to review cases from anyone who has had an adverse event and they want someone to look at the case and see whether or not there is a case," Peery said.

One study says there is a two fold increase in the risk of heart attack shortly after beginning the therapy in men under 65 who have a history of heart disease.  Increased stroke risk is also a concern.

But, a new University of Texas at Galveston study recently revealed no heart attack risk.

One doctor says it's way too early to tell if Low T treatments are safe or not.

"We don't know very much about this therapy," said Dr. Steve Nissen with the Cleveland Clinic.  "What's going on is a giant experiment with American men's health at stake we don't have the long term data on the safety of these products."

54-year old Kyle Walker knows the risks but says Low T therapy changed his life.

"For me it's an easy decision with the improved lifestyle I get from the Testopel it's a hands down decision for me," Kyle said.

Before treatments Kyle says something was off.

"Fatigue, lack of energy, kind of not necessarily cloudy but focus was not as good as it used to be," Kyle said. "Libido not as good, just a number of things truly I didn't realize were a problem."

Dr. Parvis Kavoussi is Kyle's physician.  He has been treating men with low testosterone for more than a decade.  He's not convinced by the studies.

"After having read all these studies closely they are very flawed studies," Dr. Kavoussi said.  "None of them is perfectly done; none of them is done with the level of confidence that I would say really make me worry at this point."

Dr. Kavoussi says he monitors his patients and tracks their testosterone levels with a series of blood tests to make sure the treatment is necessary.  He says he is concerned about men getting Low T therapy when they really don't need it.

"There is the potential of abuse with testosterone," Dr. Kavoussi said.  "It's a controlled drug and abuse of testosterone looks like it looks when guys are using it anabolically like steroids. They're going well above a normal level in the super therapeutic range and that can be dangerous."

Now the Food and Drug Administration is investigating.

"Even the FDA is saying so far there is no conclusive evidence that testosterone replacement has an adverse effect on cardiovascular outcomes and they've said men who are on treatment should not stop treatment unless they've gone and discussed this extensively with their healthcare provider," Dr. Kavoussi said.

As for Kyle, he says it's working for him.

"For me the jury is still out and until I see some concrete evidence that this is a problem, I'm not worried about it," Kyle said.

By Walt MaciborskiLow T Wonder Therapy Comes with Warning

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