Despite what the many commercials and magazine ads tell us, there is very little known about how testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) affects older men. These ads tell us that taking testosterone will increase sex drive, increase energy, stop weight gain, increase muscle mass and even cure depression. Essentially, the drug companies tell prospective patients that if you take testosterone replacement drugs, you will feel like a much younger man.
The truth is that most doctors do not really know what a normal hormone level is for a man in his 60s. The reason for this is because there haven’t been many studies. They did not have to do many studies, because testosterone hormone was never approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat these signs of normal male aging, as the commercials suggest. In reality, the drug was approved in the 1970s to treat a relatively rare medical condition known as hypogonadism. This is condition where a young patient has an extremely low testosterone level and is having developmental disorders. Continue reading