About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Elderly Men Can Benefit With Testosterone Treatment

by Reshma Anand on February 18, 2016 at 6:10 PM
Font : A-A+

Elderly Men Can Benefit With Testosterone Treatment

Testosterone treatment is not only for youngsters but elderly men over the age of 65 years can also benefit with it, revealed a new study.

The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that men over 65 with low levels of testosterone saw improved sexual function, mood and walking ability after being treated with the hormone.

Advertisement


Testosterone levels decrease as men age, but prior studies on the effects of testosterone treatment on older men had been inconclusive.

The new study involved seven trials and 790 men who had low testosterone and met other criteria.

They were split into two groups: one treated daily with a testosterone gel, while the other received a placebo.
Advertisement

The study found that testosterone treatment improved all aspects of sexual function, including activity, desire and the ability to have an erection.

Distance walked in six minutes improved when taking into account all the men in the trials, not just those in the physical function trial. The treatment improved mood and depressive symptoms, but not energy.

The gel treatment increased blood testosterone levels in the participants to a "mid-normal" level for young men, the study said.

"While these initial findings are encouraging for men with low testosterone levels, the (trials) will continue to analyze the data to determine whether testosterone treatment improves cognitive function, bone density, cardiovascular health and anemia, as well as the risks of testosterone treatment," said Ronald Swerdloff, a lead researcher at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

Initial results indicate adverse effects such as heart attack, stroke and prostate conditions were similar in men who received testosterone and those who received the placebo. But the number of men in the trial was too small to draw conclusions about the risks of testosterone treatment.

The study reported the results of the first three trials, which tested sexual function, physical function and vitality. Testosterone treatment efficacy was evaluated at three, six, nine and 12 months.

Sexual function, mood and vitality were evaluated using questionnaires. Physical function was measured by questionnaires and the distance walked in six minutes.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Black Tea Protects against Blood Pressure and Heart Diseases
Green Mediterranean Diet may Help Repair Age-Related Brain Damages
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2022
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Andropause / Male Menopause Diseases Related to Old Age Adreno Cortical Carcinoma Is Your Man Moody? High Testosterone Level In Women / Hyperandrogenism 

Recommended Reading
Men With Type 2 Diabetes Can Benefit From Testosterone Replacement
Low testosterone levels were associated with significantly decreased insulin sensitivity. ......
Emotional Bonding With Wife, Relatives, Friends Leads to Lower Testosterone in Men
While testosterone does go down with age, the potential social benefits that can accompany lower ......
Testosterone Therapy in Older Men Helps Lower Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, Death
Possible explanations for testosterone's apparent benefits could involve body fat, insulin ......
Testosterone Therapy can Make Women Think More Like Men
The results show that this therapy induces structural changes in areas of the brain involved in ......
Adreno Cortical Carcinoma
Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer that affects the outer cortex laye...
Andropause / Male Menopause
Andropause or male menopause causing low libido in a man is due to decreasing level of male hormones...
Diseases Related to Old Age
Ageing is referred to the accumulation of changes that brings a person closer to death....
High Testosterone Level In Women / Hyperandrogenism
High levels of testosterone in women, also known as hyperandrogenism is an endocrine disorder charac...
Is Your Man Moody?
Women get confused by the behavior of men in their lives. It is time they realize that men too have ...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
CONSULT A DOCTOR
I have read and I do accept terms of use - Telemedicine

Advantage Medindia: FREE subscription for 'Personalised Health & Wellness website with consultation' (Value Rs.300/-)