Men Abusing Testosterone Gel, Study Says

Since the discovery of testosterone gel, millions of men have used it in the hope of improving their low testosterone. However, scientists are worried that many patients as well as doctors may be misusing the treatment due to lack of sufficient evidence.

Researchers based at the Oregon Health and Science University recently published a report in The New England Journal of Medicine highlighting the effects testosterone gel had on male with low T. The goal of the study was to determine whether the gel which is a popular medication actually helped boost the level of testosterone in older men.

testosterone gelAccording to Dr. Sundeep Khosla, dean at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, testosterone gel continues to be a preferred choice for dealing with low T in men. However, no conclusive study has ever been done to ascertain the impact it had yet millions of victims turn to it. Results from the study done by the Oregon Health and Science University should shed more light into the issue.

After reaching old age, usually 65 and above, many men experience low libido, lose desire for sex, and also suffer from erectile dysfunction. This is normally caused by changes in their hormones, stress, as well as environmental factors. And to help them deal with the issue many turn to testosterone gel.

Khosla says that some doctors prescribe the gel even without carrying out further tests on their patients to ascertain how low their T is. Due to this there is always a likelihood of the drug being misused. This is also blamed on the media that seems to advocate and market the gel for nearly all cases of low T.

A report on the findings of a study funded by AbbVie, the manufacturer of Androgel, one of the most popular T gel in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health was recently made public. The study focused on men aged 65 and above and who had low T (less than 275 nanogram per deciliter of blood).

The participants were split into two groups with one being given the gel while the other got placebo.

Results from the study indicated that even after using the gel for 12 months, there were very slight differences between the two groups. Majority of the men using the testosterone gel still exhibited the same symptoms they had at the beginning of the experiment. These included low sexual drive, reduced vitality, and low physical activity.

15 years ago, Dr. Richard J. Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging had hinted the need to carry out a large scale study to ascertain whether the gels added any value. However, he maintains that the recent study was done on a small scale and there is need for a much larger study.