Cernos Gel (Testogel) (Testosterone supplements)
Manufacturer: Sun Pharmaceuticalsceuticals
Substance: Testosterone supplements
Package: 14 sachet per box
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When are testosterone supplements a good idea?
According to the Mayo Clinic, testosterone therapy can help treat hypogonadism. This condition occurs when the body can’t produce enough testosterone on its own. However, it’s unclear whether supplements can help. A study published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology found no scientific reason to prescribe testosterone to men over 65 years of age with normal or low to normal testosterone levels.
Heart and prostate risks
In fact, testosterone supplements might cause more problems than they solve. Studies have suggested a connection between supplements and heart problems. A 2010 study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that some men over age 65 had an increase in heart problems when they used testosterone gel. A later study of men younger than 65 at risk for heart problems and heart-healthy older men showed that both groups had a greater risk of heart attack when taking testosterone supplements.
A 2014 study in rats concluded testosterone supplementation was a “strong tumor promoter for the rat prostate.” Human studies are needed.
Review the side effects
Like other supplements and medication, testosterone therapy comes with risks and possible side effects. This is particularly true if you try to take it for normal aging rather than for treatment of a condition. Also, the Cleveland Clinic points out that the effects that these supplements may have on your heart and prostate can lead to a number of potential issues. Complications include:
- sleep apnea
- acne flares
- enlarged breasts
- testicular shrinkage