Treatments to boost testosterone levels may increase energy and sex drive. But they may also increase heart attacks and strokes in older men, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Physicians in the Lower Hudson Valley say they’re inundated with requests from men of a certain age who see advertisements advising them to “talk to their doctor” if they have Low T symptoms— decreased energy or a flagging sex drive.
“The zeal for prescribing testosterone in every male who may have quote-unquote Low T needs to be tempered by the reality that it could do more harm than good” said Dr. Cary Hirsch, a cardiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. “Especially in men who already have a cardiac history.”
Sometime testosterone supplements achieve the desired goal and sometimes they don’t, said Dr. Gerald Matthews, a urologist and chief of male infertility and sexual dysfunction at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
“We take a history and do an examination to assess if the issue is low testosterone or erectile dysfunction,” he said. “Sometimes the two get confused.”