According to the New England Journal of Medicine publication, testosterone replacement therapy has been confirmed as being beneficial to men over 65.
The study found that supplemental testosterone replacement therapy in these men was effective in boosting mood, and alleviating sexual wellness issues.
The study went on to say that the greatest benefits of testosterone therapies, were experienced during the first year of treatment.
The men in the study self-identified as having sexual issues. They reported, especially as they approached the age of 60, a loss of libido, or a declining sex drive, and/or erectile dysfunction. In interviews before starting testosterone treatments, they also reported being moody, depressed, and “unmotivated.”
The study is on-going, and the men will continue to be tracked for other benefits of testosterone optimization. But for now, lead researcher on the study Dr. Peter Snyder, of the University of Pennsylvania, said it was clear that, “Testosterone improved sexual activity, sexual desire and improved erectile function.”
Snyder said that while he was also able to document improvements in mood, the biggest improvement was in sexual function, particularly in the group of men that had been getting the largest increase of testosterone.
Details of This Testosterone Study
Snyder and his team selected about 800 men over 65 from over 50,000 they had screened. The 800 were described as having “low testosterone.” In a typical “double blind” study, half the participants were given supplemental testosterone via a gel, and the other half a placebo gel.
Snyder said the men receiving the actual testosterone were boosted to the levels you would find in a “healthy young man.”
Speaking to NPR, Dave Bostick, a participant who used the real testosterone gel said, that he definitely developed “a more robust libido.” But he added that even more importantly he just “felt happier.” He also says he had more energy, and his enthusiasm for trying new things was back. Even though his part in the study ended more than two years ago, Bostick has continued with testosterone therapy.
Previous studies have indicated that there was a greater risk of heart disease or developing prostate cancer in men who are on testosterone therapies. Last year several more recent studies indicated that those previous studies were flawed, and there is no such increased risk.
Snyder’s research backs up the more recent studies. He saw no increase in the incidence of heart disease or cancer in the group on testosterone therapy in his study.
There have been some research studies, and many reports of the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy in aging men.
This most recent study is very significant in that it is one of the “first really well-designed and scientifically rigorous trials to indicate that testosterone therapy provides benefit,” said endocrinologist Dr. Eric Orwoll, with the Oregon Health and Science University.
How do I know if I need Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
The improvements Mr. Bostick reports are very typical of the men I see in my own practice who receive testosterone therapy.
Bostick, and the other men in this study reported moodiness and sexual dysfunction before beginning testosterone therapy. But those are not the only signs and symptoms of low testosterone.
Other signs of low testosterone, sometimes called “Low T” include:
- A loss of lean muscle with particular difficulty in gaining it back
- Weight gain, particularly “around the middle”
- Weakness and fatigue, lack of energy
The good news there is more and more research coming out that is confirming the many positive benefits of testosterone replacement therapy. But remember, you can only receive legitimate testosterone therapy with a doctor’s prescription, which is offered here at our Miami location.
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