Is Testosterone Therapy Safe for My Heart?

As men grow older, hormone fluctuations could cause fatigue, lower libido, depression and other symptoms. Despite documented health risks, aggressive marketing campaigns have encouraged the notion that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a “cure-all” for the effects of normal aging.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation into testosterone therapy after receiving reports of heart attack, stroke and premature death in older men.

In November 2013, a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that men who received TRT had a 30 percent increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death. The average participant in the study was about 60 years old, and a large percentage had underlying heart conditions.

In 2010, the New England Journal of Medicine had to stop a similar study before it was completed, because subjects showed an increased rate of heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues.

Testosterone levels can be raised naturally through changes in diet, increased exercise and vitamin supplements, but drug companies continue to market TRT to people who are most vulnerable to the drug’s harmful side effects. Business is booming, and consumer health is secondary to their bottom line.

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Testosterone Exposure in Women and Children

Despite the growing popularity of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), many doctors are striving to warn consumers about the drug’s numerous health risks. Many know how the drug affects men, but few are aware that women and children can also be affected by testosterone exposure.

Many TRT products are meant to be absorbed through the skin, including topical ointments, testosterone gels, even nasal spray. Men undergoing treatment can easily leave the gel on counters or doorknobs. Family members can even be exposed by handling the man’s clothing.

If loved ones come into contact with application areas, usually armpits or hands, they can experience harmful side effects.

Testosterone exposure can lead to “inappropriate virilization” in children. The chemicals cause hormone fluctuations that can cause premature body hair growth, unusual aggression, and bone aging (when a child stops growing prematurely).

If women are exposed to the drug, they can suffer hair loss, fluid retention, and their voices can deepen. Pregnant or nursing women should take every effort to avoid testosterone exposure because the drug may harm fetuses and newborns.

 

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Three Injured in Rosinville Logging Truck Crash

According to NBC 2 in Mt. Pleasant, recently, there was a logging truck crash in Rosinville at the intersection of Highways 15 and 178.

The collision happened around 8:15 a.m. and involved a pickup truck. The resulting wreckage left three people trapped.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Dorchester County Fire and Rescue had to cut the three people out of their vehicles. All three had to be hospitalized.

“EMS decided to fly two of the patients from the scene because of the extrication, and the mechanism of the collision,” stated Dorchester County Fire and Rescue Chief A.B. Atkinson.

The authorities were still investigating the cause of the collision at the time of this report.

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Thinking about Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Products like Androgel have started a new market for testosterone replacement therapy, promising older men that they will feel more energy, have a higher sex drive and retain more muscle tone. While drug companies are confident doctors remain skeptical, cautioning that testosterone might carry some health risks. According to studies, older men taking testosterone are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and even death. For those looking to boost their testosterone the all-natural way, here are a few pointers:

Nutrition: Vitamin D and magnesium are essential for testosterone production, so give your body a natural boost with nutrient rich foods like salmon and dark leafy greens.

Stress: Stress produces cortisol, which can weaken your immune system and slow production of testosterone. So eliminate sources of stress in your life and take a moment to relax.

Sleep: Not enough sleep (or low quality sleep) increases the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. It also increases cortisol production because your body does not have time to heal itself and recharge.

Exercise: The easiest to recommend but the hardest to implement, a half hour of exercise a day can decrease stress, jump-start weight loss and contribute to a deeper, more restorative sleep.

Prescription Drug Side Effects: Many common prescriptions, like antidepressants, come with a risk for decreased testosterone production. While we would never suggest that anyone stop taking their prescribed medications, it is important to keep these factors in mind so you can better plan your alternatives.

Before starting a testosterone regimen, try some of these tips for a natural, more sustainable (and less expensive) boost. The results may surprise you!

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SC Supreme Court Overules Haley’s Veto

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley cut the funding of the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Certificate of Need program, which requires hospitals to seek permission before expanding or purchasing new equipment. Haley claimed that the bureaucratic program stifled economic growth. However, her action merely plunged the hospitals into a confusing state of limbo that stalled millions of dollars of projects.

The SC Supreme Court recently ruled her action as outside of the powers of governor. Only the state legislature can defund a specific government program. The $60 million dollars of stalled projects will hopefully resume and improve the state of the healthcare system.

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Victim of Dorn Backlog Testifies Before VA

A victim of the notorious Dorn VA Medical Center backlog recently testified before a panel of VA officials. From 2011 to 2012, over 4,000 patients’ diagnoses and treatments were backlogged. The veteran testifying complained of rectal pain and repeatedly requested a colonoscopy but was only given constipation medication and pain killers. After consulting with doctors at other VA facilities, he eventually received a colonoscopy. Doctors found stage four colorectal cancer that had spread to other vital organs. If the veteran received the colonoscopy months prior, they might have been able to stop the cancer in an early stage.

He received a $150,000 settlement. Despite the urgings of many to fight the case and secure a larger settlement, he says he will not because he lacks the energy to engage in further legal battles amidst heavy chemotherapy.

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Why Does South Carolina Have Such a High C-Section Rate?

South Carolina doctors fear the costs of expensive medical malpractice suits tied to birth complications. In May of 2013, Spartanburg Regional Hospital was sued for $2.5 million for birth complications taking place nearly ten years ago. As such, most opt to perform C-sections over natural births because they feel that complications are less likely and that they can thereby avoid costly medical malpractice suits. However, each C-section costs twice as much as a natural birth, so in the long run the practice is more expensive. The Director of Medicaid said, “Excess C-sections are driving excess costs…and excess poor outcomes.” In other words, the surgery is not necessarily safer than a natural birth, but as an analyst at Roper St. Francis said, “The medical community has…taken this major abdominal surgery and downplayed the complications that come from it.”

If you would prefer a natural birth, but your doctor is pressuring you into performing a C-section, our medical malpractice attorneys can help. The Proffitt & Cox, LLP legal team will work tirelessly to secure the full compensation that you deserve and bring justice to your negligent healthcare provider in the event of birth complications. For more information, call our office locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533.

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South Carolina Legislature Considers New Texting While Driving Laws

Three bills under review in the South Carolina legislature hope to extend the scope of previous municipal ordinances prohibiting texting while driving. Two of the bills will ban texting while driving entirely and the third will ban all cell phone use in a school zone. “The school zone [bill] was because I had a law enforcement officer come to me and tell me that he saw a child almost killed by a parent who was in a school zone and was not paying attention because they were on the phone,” said the sponsoring senator.

Texting while driving is a very dangerous activity that can carry fatal consequences. If you have been injured by a distracted motorist, we can help. The Proffitt & Cox, LLP legal team has the expertise and resources to bring justice to those responsible for your injuries. We will fight to secure the full compensation that you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our South Carolina injury lawyers, call our office locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533.

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