IN MY VIEW... BAN AD­VERTS SELL­ING MEN FALSE HOPE

Scottish Daily Mail - - Good Health -

TESTOS­TERONE sup­ple­ments ap­pear to be hav­ing a mo­ment — but I would warn vo­cif­er­ously against their use.

Re­cently, I saw an ad­vert claim­ing that such ‘boosters’ could be used with­out pre­scrip­tion as an al­ter­na­tive to ‘the little blue pill’ (i.e. Vi­a­gra). This mis­leads peo­ple into believ­ing the hor­mone is suit­able for treat­ing erec­tile prob­lems — not only un­truth­ful but dan­ger­ous.

Testos­terone use in healthy men has been shown to in­crease mus­cle bulk and strength, which is why body­builders might take il­le­gally ob­tained ver­sions. But there is no ev­i­dence it boosts sex­ual drive or per­for­mance (un­less pre­scribed for some­one with a de­fi­ciency).

In fact, as some is con­verted nat­u­rally into oe­stro­gen, an ex­cess of it will see a man’s breasts grow and testes shrink.

And there are worse side-ef­fects still: re­ports of sud­den death in young ath­letes with no known heart dis­ease; proven ad­verse ef­fects on choles­terol; ex­ces­sive thick­en­ing of blood; pos­si­bly dan­ger­ous ac­ti­va­tion of the blood clot­ting system; and psy­chi­atric symp­toms in­clud­ing ma­jor mood dis­or­ders and ag­gres­sive, even crim­i­nal, be­hav­iour.

All these dan­gers, and the sup­ple­ments won’t even do what they say on the tin. They won’t im­prove a man’s sex life — and could even make it worse.

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