“Driving male testosterone therapy into the ditch”

Like estrogen therapy for menopausal women, when a definitive study was finally done, clinicians and researchers were shocked to discover:

the risks of long-term hormone replacement could outweigh its benefits.

About four million men experience “andropause” in the United States. They have subnormal levels of testosterone a hormone, that seems to decline with advancing age.

Late last year, for example, a six-month federally financed study of a testosterone gel put a surprising hitch in efforts to improve the lives of aging men who experience a decline in energy, mood, vitality and sexuality as a result of low testosterone levels. The study, conducted among 209 men 65 and older who had difficulty walking, was abruptly halted when those using the hormone had an unexpectedly high rate of cardiac problems. These men also had high rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and elevated blood lipids.
Editor’s comment: “No doubt this group also eats a junk food diet, does not exercise, has poor hydration, many are heavy meat eaters,  eat few vegetables and their only regular exercise is pressing the remote on the TV.”
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