About 5 million men in the United States have been diagnosed with low testosterone. A study in the International Journal of Clinical Practice figures another 12.5 million men in the United States have the hormone deficiency but aren’t receiving treatment for it. However, as testing becomes more commonplace, the number of diagnoses may be rising.
Testosterone therapy is controversial because of the potential risks of long-term treatment—and the lack of any large, extended studies that convincingly establish its safety and efficacy. Wary doctors cite what they view as overblown claims of uncertain benefits—like increased energy, heightened sex drive, and renewed vigor. They warn of underappreciated risks—such as breast enlargement, testicle shrinkage, infertility, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, and heart attack. One randomized study of men using gel, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, renewed debate. It was halted for safety reasons when some participants experienced cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks. However, advocates of testosterone therapy point to studies that found no connection to heart attack risk and that even suggested the treatment may promote heart health. It also has the following benefits:
Improved body composition. Reduced belly fat and more muscle are common outcomes of testosterone therapy. In a UCLA study conducted at seven U.S. medical centers and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, men who were given T gel therapy added 4.3 pounds of muscle in six months, and 6.5 pounds over 18 months.
Bone strength. When men are treated with testosterone, their bone mineral density increases, especially in their hips and spine. Osteoporosis is no longer considered a women’s disease; in fact, four out of 10 fractures due to brittle bones after age 50 occur in men.
Better sexual function. In a review of 17 studies in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, researchers found that an average of three months of testosterone supplementation boosted libido, increased the frequency of sex, and triggered more nocturnal spontaneous erections.
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