Testosterone treatment in older men

Prevention of chronic diseases
12 March, 2016

Testosterone treatment in older men

A year’s worth of testosterone treatment in older men may help improve sexual function, mood, depressive symptoms, and possibly walking distance, but it doesn’t seem to improve vitality, suggests three coordinated trials encompassing 790 men aged at least 65 years.

The new findings are from the first three of seven placebo-controlled, multicenter Testosterone Trials: The trials stem from a 2004 Institute of Medicine (IOM) call for trials to assess whether testosterone benefits older men who have low testosterone levels for no known reason other than age, along with clinical symptoms to which low testosterone might contribute.

But there are also potential risks of testosterone treatment. They include the possibility of heart attack and stroke, which may rise during this treatment. Therefore the FDA moved to clarify that the products are approved to treat only men with low testosterone due to specific medical conditions and not simply aging.

It may be worth to ask Dr. van Dessel – Urologist in the Clinica Picasso Palma de Mallorca!

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