Testosterone Therapy Does Not Necessarily Improves Virility
Testosterone therapy is a common treatment used to boost sexual function and libido in older men; however, it doesn’t improve physical function and virility, trials show.
A team of researchers from the Department of Geriatrics and Epidemiology, Yale University recently published a report that shows testosterone therapy may be effective for restoring low libido, but there is no evidence that this procedure improves virility.
For many years, testosterone therapy has been marketed and used on men suffering sexual dysfunction, but if this latest finding are anything to go by then a better solution is needed sooner-rather-than-later.
Led by Thomas Gill, professor of epidemiology and geriatrics at Yale University and Director of Program on Aging, New Haven, Connecticut, the scientists have discovered that testosterone therapy did little to improve physical function in men of ages 65 and above though it did boost sexual function and desire.
According to figures from the Food and Drug Administration in the US, testosterone replacement therapy has been on the rise with number of users growing from 1.3 million in 2009 to 2.3 million by the end of 2013.
According to Gill, the therapy helps men who are experiencing low sex drive and is usually prescribed by physicians. But it will have minimal effects and benefit on men who want to boost their physical function or energy level.
The study which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine was funded by the Federal state and was conducted at 12 clinical sites in the United States. It focused on three main clinical trials that assessed the positive impacts of the therapy on physical function, sexual function, and vitality. There were additional trials which tested the positive effects of testosterone therapy on bone density, heart health, anemia, and mental abilities.
790 participants aged at least 65 years participated in the Testosterone Trials and some were given testosterone gel while another offered placebo gel for 12 months. All men had low testosterone as result of aging and had at some point in time experienced health complication due to the problem.
Participants using testosterone gel showed some slight improvement in sexual desire, erectile function, and sexual activity compared to those on placebo gel. However, the therapy did not offer any real gains when it comes to treating erectile dysfunctions and was outclassed by common ED drugs such as Cialis and Viagra, according to Gill.
Dr. Eric Orwoll, the associate dean at the Clinical Sciences Department at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland says that the new findings will spur debate on whether the therapy should still be emphasized and there is need to have a rational approach into the whole matter.