You may have heard that testosterone supplements can help in the bedroom, while many still have doubts about their effectiveness. Well, even though T boosters do improve libido and good shape, you’d better forget about them, as they may double your risk of blood clots, which can be life-threatening.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in males. When boys develop, testosterone makes male sex organs grow and contributes to facial hair growth, broader shoulders, and muscle mass.
After age 30, most men experience a decline in testosterone, sometimes causing these features to diminish. In order to be young again, many men turn to T boosters for help.
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that T therapy may lead to high risks of heart attack and stroke in 2014, more than 1 million U.S. men over 30 still received T therapy in 2016.
In order to further verify the risks of T therapy and alert people, a new research team studied the insurance claims for 40,000 men between 2011 and 2017.
Negative results of T therapy
The researchers found that men receiving testosterone have twice the risk of getting a deep vein blood clot within six months, whether their testosterone level is low or normal.
When receiving T therapy, the hormone increases red blood cell count, which thickens blood and makes it flow more slowly. Besides, the hormone stimulates platelets, which are responsible for forming clots.
The research team also found the risk might be even greater in middle-aged men then in seniors. "In men without hypogonadism, men under 65 almost had a tripling of risk versus men 65 years and older, whose risk was only about 1.5 times greater," said lead author Rob Walker.
To conclude, you should really think twice before turning to a T therapy. After all, lower T level is only one of the normal symptoms of aging.