Low T Business Is Booming
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 02:03 PM

It is perhaps the biggest men's health craze since Rogaine or Viagra: so-called low testosterone clinics, which have rapidly grown in cities and suburbs all across the country. But these "low T" clinics have also drawn the ire of leading urologists and endocrinologists who question the clinics' safety. 

The clinics themselves say they're legitimate medical practices. Dr. Bill Reilly is the chief medical officer at Low T Center, one of the largest chains of low T clinics, based in Southlake, Texas. His company has 45 offices and some 35,000 patients.  Reilly says the growing criticism from others in the medical community is perhaps just ignorance and fear of the competition. After all, Low T Center expects to more than double its sites in the next year, reaching perhaps as many as 70,000 patients.

Testosterone prescriptions in the U.S. more than tripled in the last decade, but researchers suspect much of the testosterone dispensed at low T clinics isn't tracked since it's often bought with cash. This unfettered flow of testosterone -- officially a controlled substance -- has raised concerns among doctors who specialize in hormonal problems.

Hormone treatment itself isn't without risk: a recent study of more than 55,000 men found a doubling of heart attack risk among older men who used testosterone. Younger men who had a history of heart disease had a higher incidence of nonfatal heart attacks. In addition, men who are on prolonged high level testosterone replacement therapy can experience testicular shrinkage.

Yet, even as calls for closer scrutiny of the treatment intensify, the clinics continue to treat men. 

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/GeneralEndocrinology/45482