The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has banned testosterone-replacement therapy from combat sports, including boxing and mixed martial arts. The decision was made based on evidence that testosterone unnaturally increases the athlete’s competitive abilities and that it is not a necessary medical treatment for many of its users.
Testosterone is used by millions of men – athletes and non-athletes alike – for a number of reasons, including to decrease fatigue, increase muscle and bone loss, and increase libido. While the NSAC’s decision to ban testosterone-replacement therapy was based on whether testosterone gives athletes an unfair advantage, there are other benefits to banning the hormone from the sport – not the least of which is the athletes’ health.
As we recently reported, testosterone therapy has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including heart attack, stroke, and even death. Moreover, data is mounting that shows just how dangerous testosterone therapy really is. For instance, a study published in the Journal of American Medicine last fall found that that among men with heart disease and low testosterone levels, the use of testosterone therapy increased the risk of serious problems including heart attack, stroke, and death of nearly 30 percent.
In addition to risk of stroke and heart attack, testosterone therapy has a number of other side effects, including:
- Acne and oily skin
- Lower sperm count (which can cause infertility)
- Higher red blood cell count (which can increase risk of heart attack and stroke)
- Shrinkage of the testicles
- Larger breasts
- Worsening of urinary symptoms
- Increased male pattern baldness
Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, has expressed concern about the dangers of testosterone replacement therapy, particularly in light of its increased use and evidence of dangerous testosterone side effects. “The widespread use of testosterone replacement in men is concerning, with no studies that show long-term safety,” he has said, stating that the study findings should serve as a “warning to slow down the rush to place large numbers of men on hormone replacement therapy.”
Testosterone Lawsuits Mounting
Manufacturers of unsafe pharmaceuticals, including testosterone-replacement therapy, can be held accountable for their products and you may be able to recover money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress caused by dangerous testosterone side effects. Additionally, doctors who negligently and unnecessarily prescribe testosterone replacement therapy could be liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The Chicago testosterone attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC applaud the NSAC for banning dangerous testosterone supplements in combat sports. Our lawyers are committed to protecting the victims of unsafe pharmaceuticals, including testosterone replacement therapy. We have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury and product liability lawsuits, including class actions lawsuits based on unsafe pharmaceutical drugs.
If you have suffered serious testosterone side effects, contact the skilled Chicago unsafe pharmaceutical drug law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to discuss a possible testosterone lawsuit.