As someone who makes a living by researching, I can understand how hard it is for doctors to keep up with all the latest information. One study estimated that a primary care doctor would have to look at 7,287 articles per month, which would take 29 hours a day, to keep up. Yikes!
And that doesn’t even count natural therapies—doctors aren’t trained in this area so it’s even harder for them to keep up.
However, even if doctors do keep up with the medical literature, sometimes it’s WRONG.
The latest disaster of tragic misinformation is about testosterone. Doctors had been told for years that if aging men increased their levels of testosterone they increased their risk for prostate cancer.
Plus, the abuse of steroids by athletes increased the bad reputation of taking anything to raise testosterone.
So doctors warned men to never, ever, ever take those dietary supplements to raise their testosterone. And don’t take prescription testosterone either.
Guess what? That is FALSE. Yup. FALSE, FALSE, FALSE.
TESTOSTERONE – NOT GUILTY.
“We reviewed decades of research and found no compelling evidence that testosterone replacement therapy increases the incident of prostate cancer.” The New England Journal of Medicine, Jan 29, 2004.
“…the notion that pathologic prostate growth, benign or malignant, can be stimulated by androgens [testosterone] is a commonly held belief without scientific basis.” European Urology, April 8, 2009.
“[after taking testosterone] ….No treatment-related change was observed in prostate histology, tissue biomarkers, gene expression, or cancer incidence or severity…” The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2006;296:2351-2361
So what? Well, the research now shows that older men with higher levels of testosterone are HEALTHIER. They have healthier prostates, hearts, sexual function, mood, blood sugar, muscle and bones. They are leaner, stronger, happier, sexier and have less belly fat. They even have a decreased risk of dying in the next 10 years.1
Hey, everyone, testosterone is OKAY. One caution: if you already have prostate cancer, talk to your doctor before you do anything to increase testosterone. Research is still evolving in this area. And men, use safe dietary supplements or testosterone prescribed by your doctor not back-alley scary steroid stuff.
1Yassin, J Androl. Nov-Dec 2008; Endocrine Society 90th Annual Meeting.