Posted on Feb 26, 2020, 12 p.m.
Article courtesy of: T. Hertoghe, MD, author of “Testosterone, the Therapy for Real Gentlemen”
The potent effects of testosterone therapy and its abuse by sports players has put use of this therapy under controversy for decades. In 2020, the discussion on whether or not to treat men who have testosterone-deficiency symptoms and levels with testosterone is possibly over, belonging to the past. The scientific data gathered and published in support of testosterone-deficient men, generally older than 30 years, using testosterone therapy are abundant and relevant. There is also ample information on how to monitor testosterone treatment and problems that may potentially ensue.
*Note: This article was edited on 3/26/2020 to reflect the changed dates of the event.
Testosterone therapy can safely and efficiently help prevent and reduce the severity of many age-related disorders
Medical research has now shown that it is safe to treat with testosterone therapy all types of testosterone-deficient patients, even those with active (untreated) prostate cancer, a topic we will talk about in another article. Testosterone therapy has also been found to make the mind stronger, reducing the incidence and impacts of anxiety and depressive disorders. It also helps mental functioning, boosting memory and even serving as one of the tools to slow down and oppose the development of Alzheimer’s disease. More than 80% of the studies published on the topic in peer-reviewed medical journals have shown that testosterone therapy improves heart conditions. Moreover, testosterone therapy has been reported to help prevent, oppose, and even reverse the development of obesity, type II diabetes, sarcopenia, osteoporosis, stroke, cachexia, etc. By preventing and alleviating age-related disorders testosterone therapy may make men also live longer.
Recent evidence that testosterone deficiency may shorten life and supplementation of it may extend life
Paucity of studies on the effects of testosterone deficiency and therapy on longevity two decades ago
Two decades ago, there were almost no studies showing that testosterone deficiency could increase the risk of premature death and that testosterone therapy could potentially extend the life span. Now, we have the studies. In medicine, researchers seldom write down in a publication that the therapy they used could improve longevity in their patients. It sounds too positive, not serious enough to publish in medical journals. Most investigators prefer using the less positive terminology of reducing mortality, which produces a more scientific impression. However, increasing longevity and reducing mortality are basically the same.
I found 35 studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals that show that higher blood levels of testosterone (within the reference range) are associated with a significantly increased longevity. “Low” testosterone levels that may increase mortality are usually “low-normal” within the reference range (in the lower two-thirds, lower half, lower third, lower quartile, or lower quintile of the reference range), and below the lower reference limit for testosterone is below the lower reference limit for testosterone in a laboratory test or a. The association of increasingly greater longevity at progressively higher testosterone levels suggests that the lack of testosterone causes or contributes to premature death. Furthermore, 9 studies have shown that testosterone therapy significantly increases longevity (or, if you prefer “lowers mortality”). In other words, older men who take testosterone may live longer.
There are a few studies showing no effects of testosterone therapy, and almost no study showing the opposite. The balance is visibly in favor of providing testosterone therapy to men with mild to severe testosterone deficiencies to keep them alive longer.
To access the relevant data on testosterone deficiency, testosterone therapy, and their association with longevity visit the International Hormone Society website, in the Evidence-based hormone therapies section.
To get more references and practical information on testosterone therapy, read my 600-page book for physicians, “Testosterone, the Therapy for Real Gentlemen”.
To get practical and in-depth training in testosterone therapy, attend the hormone therapy workshop in Orlando, August 21-22, 2020. Check out the Evidence-based hormone therapy workshop here, which will be available at the A4M 28th Annual Spring Congress being held in Orlando, Florida on August 20-22, 2020.
Thierry Hertoghe, MD is the President of the International Hormone Society. Born in 1957 and he practices lifespan/reversing aging medicine and hormone therapy. He represents the fourth consecutive generation of physicians who have worked in the field of hormone therapy, where he practices medicine with a team of experienced doctors in Brussels. He is an internationally known authority in medical therapies oriented to correct hormone deficiencies, reduce aging or even on some aspects reverse aging and possibly extend lifespan. He is the Author of various well-referenced medical books, including the international bestseller Hormone handbook and the Atlas of endocrinology for hormone therapy, Testosterone, the therapy for real gentleman, the Textbook of Reversing physical aging (volume 1: the head and the senses), the Textbook of lifespan and anti-aging medicine, the Textbook of Nutrient therapy, the Hormone Solution, Passion, sex, and long life, and the Oxytocin adventure, among others.