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Men who suffer from testosterone sleep apnea may see their condition worsen after taking certain hormone-raising therapies, according to research published in recent years.
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, for example, relayed findings in 2008 that sleep apnea is often associated with low testosterone levels, not unlike low libido, male fertility, sexual dysfunction and fatigue; which are common symptoms of aging.
The problem lies though, in how doctors may remedy testosterone sleep apnea, as this is a serious condition that affects a person’s breathing and have harmful effects on their long-term health.
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, sufferers may experience an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, strokes and automobile accidents resulting from a person falling asleep at the wheel.
Over the past few years, researchers have begun to explore the relationship between testosterone and sleep apnea, a condition categorized by pauses in breathing that last from a few seconds to more than a minute. This may occur as often as 30 times an hour, or even more frequently in serious cases, the American Sleep Apnea Association states on its website. Each time breathing returns to normal, the sufferer may produce a loud snore, choking sound or gasp. This condition affects more than 18 million people in the U.S.
Of that number, one might wonder how many men with sleep apnea also have low testosterone levels. Research published online in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health explored the link between the two in October 2011, and found that men with sleep apnea may also have low levels of the sexual hormone. The 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology found an increased likelihood of reduced sleep efficiency in these individuals, who had more nighttime awakenings, less REM sleep and more serious symptoms of sleep apnea and other disorders in breathing.
Men who have low testosterone levels should not consider treatment with prescription therapy treatments, however. After looking at data from five men with hypogonadism (abnormally-low levels of the hormone), researchers involved in the 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology found new-onset obstructive sleep apnea in one participant who was administered a prescription testosterone therapy, and substantively worsened symptoms in another man who was treated with a testosterone medication for six weeks. Results also showed significantly decreased oxygen levels and cardiac arrhythmias in testosterone-deficient men treated with prescription therapies.
Besides their possible association with testosterone sleep apnea, hormone-raising prescription products for men have also come under fire for their possible association with serious cardiovascular problems. According to numerous testosterone lawsuits now filed over AndroGel, Testim, AndroDerm and other prescription therapies, men using these products may be at an increased risk for strokes, heart attacks, blood clots and other life-threatening heart issues.
The majority of these claims are now pending in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
As the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP continue investigate side effects of prescription testosterone treatments, the time is now to file a claim over a product that may have injured you. Men who suffered a testosterone stroke, heart attack, or another cardiovascular injury resulting from AndroGel or another product are urged to call the following number for more information about their legal rights: .