The elderly – Hormone Levels DNA damage and Trauma Survival

Updated 2019 02 10: Added links to related articles.

The elderly – Hormone Levels DNA damage and Trauma Survival

Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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Following a recent column in which I discussed the risks versus benefits of testosterone supplementation in older men, a reader wrote to ask me if there were still any medically appropriate reasons for men to receive testosterone replacement therapy.  Aside from its use to treat flagging libido in men with documented low levels of this primary male sex hormone in the blood, the indications for testosterone supplementation in older men have been rather controversial.  The only other mainstream clinical indication for testosterone replacement therapy, to date, has been to treat—or prevent—osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones due to loss of mineral content), in an effort to prevent the skeletal fractures that become more common as we age.  Unfortunately, there is far more clinical data to support the use of hormonal and non-hormonal therapies in elderly, postmenopausal women (who suffer from osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures more commonly than older men do) than is the case for men. …(Full Story)


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