OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo 775-870-6942
Given all the hype about testosterone replacement therapy in men and its purported benefits in anti aging, testosterone‘s effects on muscle strength and physical function in older men have been inconsistent. For that matter, testosterone’s effects on muscle power and physical endurance have not been studied until now!
A recent study attempted to determine the effects of testosterone administration for 3 years in older men (older than 60 years) on muscle strength, power, endurance and physical function
“In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial, healthy men with total testosterone 100-400 ng/dL or free testosterone <50 pg/mL, were randomized to 7.5-g 1% testosterone or placebo gel daily for 3 years.”
At baseline, the groups were similar but after 3 years, testosterone administration was associated with “significantly greater performance in unloaded and loaded stair-climbing power than placebo.” Also, “Changes in chest press strength and power, leg press power were significantly greater in men randomized to testosterone than in those randomized to placebo. Lean body mass significantly increased more in the testosterone group.” (Pub Med: Effects of Testosterone Supplementation for 3-Years on Muscle Performance and Physical Function in Older Men.)
In short….in this study, testosterone replacement therapy worked!
Yours in Health!
Dr. Ken Romeo
Dr. Ken Romeo is a Principal and Chief Clinical Data Coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research Foundation (HARF) in Reno, NV.
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