The "low-T" craze appears to be waning, with fewer men in the United States turning to testosterone therapy as a way to stave off aging and sexual decline. A steep decrease in testosterone prescriptions occurred between 2013 and 2016, coinciding with public warnings that hormone therapy could increase men's risk of heart health issues and prostate cancer. "We found that there was a very dramatic decrease in a short period of time," said lead researcher Jacques Baillargeon. He's a professor of preventive medicine and community health with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The number of men receiving testosterone therapy declined by 48 percent between 2013 and 2016, following a sixfold increase in prescriptions during the prior decade, researchers found. There also was a 62 percent decrease in new testosterone users, the findings showed. The decrease is "definitely a good thing," said Dr. Shalender Bhasin, an endocrinologist with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. … [Read more...] about Men’s Testosterone Supplements May Be Losing Appeal
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U.S. NEWS 06/08/2018 01:09 pm ET The marketing strategy behind disease mongering is to link a disease with a drug. Michael Walsh The pharmaceutical industry’s image has been significantly damaged in recent years as the public discovered the role its aggressive marketing played in fueling the opioid epidemic. But the American people are still largely in the dark about what may be pharma’s most effective tactic for pushing drugs — marketing diseases. There’s a substantial body of medical literature dating back to the early ’90s about the practice known as “disease mongering.” Pharmaceutical companies regularly pathologize everyday experiences, convince doctors that they are serious problems, tell a hypochondriacal public it needs help and offers the cure: a new drug. Against the onslaught of billions of dollars in marketing campaigns each year, however, researchers’ warnings about these tactics have gone largely unheeded. To … [Read more...] about Malady Mongers: How Drug Companies Sell Treatments By Inventing Diseases
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For too long, men have been silent about mental health and it’s literally killing us. We can change that. Our Healthy Mind, Healthy Body series shines a light on mental health issues that everyone should be talking about. Share your own moment of #HowIGotHelp and let your voice inspire other men. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Chris Marvin had a secret morning ritual that he practiced in college. Sunlight creeping through drawn shades, he'd roll out of bed around 7 a.m. with a pounding head. After making sure his door was locked, he'd rummage through drawers and the depths of his mini fridge. Then, on a white marble desk that would have been pristine if not for the Thrasher and Mayhem stickers, he'd line up everything he needed to get through the day.First, he'd pop a caffeine pill to feel alive; then he'd chase it with a couple of painkillers — a preemptive strike against the grind of training two hours a day, seven days a … [Read more...] about Why Do So Many Men Have Eating Disorders?