Low Testosterone Treatments Criticized as Overprescribed

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As low testosterone medication sales continue to escalate, many medical experts are beginning to express their concerns about misdiagnosis and over prescription.

As low testosterone medication sales continue to escalate, many medical experts are beginning to express their concerns about misdiagnosis and over prescription.

Among their primary worries is that the symptoms are commonly advertised as being telltale signs for ‘low T’ are actually indicators for a plethora of health issues.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers have gone as far as to create and distribute diagnostic checklists targeted towards aging males.

Often the boxes to be checked include fatigue, weight gain, difficulties playing once-loved sports, and decreased libido.

Even though quiz-takers may have testosterone issues according to the short questionnaires, they may not have all of the key symptoms specific to the condition.

One danger in using low testosterone treatments to cure those ills is that the symptoms can be indicative of a larger problem or just aging in general.

Another peril is that the FDA has tested and approved of the drugs for treating genuine testicular and endocrine disorders only, and not age related issues.

Scientists have yet to determine the long-term effects of using the treatments when they’re not fully needed.

Known side effects for testosterone treatments in general include increased risk for heart disease and greater vulnerability to some cancers.

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