Big pharma has convinced men that they need to do something about low testosterone (or “Low-T”) as they get older. But as I often warn, so-called Low-T drug treatments are a huge mistake.
And now, a new study has found that men with high testosterone levels run a higher risk of suffering three deadly cardiovascular outcomes.
I’ll tell you more about that study in a moment. But first, let’s back up to talk about why messing with hormones is a terrible idea…
Don’t mess with Nature’s plan
Young men and women need testosterone and estrogen hormones to procreate. Ultimately, these powerful hormones allow for the survival of our species.
In men, testosterone regulates sex drive, bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. In women, estrogen regulates the menstrual cycle. It also affects your hair, heart and blood vessels, bones, brain, breasts, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, reproductive tract, skin, and urinary tract.
But as we get older, these hormones naturally decline—and this may be Nature’s way of protecting us against disease. In fact, the science shows artificially thwarting this natural decline with hormone replacement drugs can increase your risk of developing cancer (prostate for men and breast for women), heart disease, and other serious problems.
Of course, those concerns haven’t stopped big pharma from trying to make billions by preventing a natural and protective biological function…
Instead, for men, they artificially raise dwindling testosterone levels with dangerous Low-T drug treatments. And tragically, far too many men buy into this baloney. In fact, sales of so-called Low-T drugs have increased 12-fold in recent years.
For women, big pharma came up with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Thankfully, those drugs have mostly gone by the wayside because of their clear link to breast cancer.
But studies show hormone-based birth control pills can also increase a woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. And those pills haven’t gone away. (Of course, the so-called “experts” at the National Institutes of Health [NIH] won’t admit to these dangers because it would cause a political firestorm. But there’s no denying the science.)
Now, let’s get back to men and the new study on high testosterone…
High testosterone raises risk of cardiovascular event
For the new study, researchers analyzed data on more than 3,000 men ages 50 to 75 who participated in an international prostate cancer trial.
First, the researchers checked the men’s testosterone levels. Next, they looked to see if those with the highest testosterone levels had any shared genetic variants. Last, the researchers compared data on the men with the genetic variants for high testosterone to data on men without the genetic variant.
It turns out, men with just one high testosterone gene had two times the risk of suffering a dangerous blood clot that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Plus, they had eight times the risk of suffering from heart failure. And in a follow-up study on 172,000 people, the researchers found that having this high testosterone gene increased heart attack risk by 37 percent.
While the study focused on men with naturally higher testosterone levels, the results still have clear implications for older men who use testosterone drugs to artificially raise their levels to improve their energy or sex life.
Truthfully, these findings shouldn’t come as any big surprise to most people. Even the FDA now requires testosterone product labels to warn of a possible increased risk of heart attack and stroke…
To learn more about how to maintain your virility and stamina well into your 70s, 80s, and 90s without resorting to harmful Low-T drugs, check out my new comprehensive, science-backed Insiders’ Ultimate Guide to Perfect Prostate Health. This online learning tool addresses everything you need to know about conquering cancer, banishing an enlarged prostate, and maximizing your manhood—NATURALLY.
I also discussed the risks associated with Low-T therapy in my August 2014 issue of my monthly Insiders’ Cures newsletter (“The latest news: ‘Low-T’ therapy equals high risk for heart attack and stroke”). If you’re not yet a subscriber, now’s the perfect time to get started! Click here to sign up today.
P.S. Plus, tune back in to tomorrow’s Daily Dispatch for a full report on the latest disturbing, potential side effect of HRT in women: Alzheimer’s disease.
“Association of genetically predicted testosterone with thromboembolism, heart failure, and myocardial infarction: mendelian randomisation study in UK Biobank.” BMJ 2019; 364:I476. doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l476