Today, I heard that June 1st. is the beginning of Men's Health Month. The Mayo Clinic radio touched it off with a 30 minute program on 'Low-T' and the current attitudes about supplementation. I found what they said interesting, because:
1). The commentator said that Testosterone supplementation to the over age 50 crowd really began to take off around the turn of the millennium, 1999-2000. The 'T' industry is now worth approximately $4B dollars and growing - most of it moving away from the standard medical mainstream outlets. He obviously put out a call for men to 'come back to their doctors for low-T concerns'.
2). The number of men who would qualify as 'Low' or 'sub-optimal' testosterone for their age is now considered to be 50% -- at age 50, increasing stepwise until age 80, where the numbers approximately flat-line at 80% of all men in need of additional 'T'.
3). Mayo now will consider all men complaining of 'symptoms' as candidates for replacement. The most common physiological reasons symptoms are mention are still due to preexisting (or undetected) diabetes, and atherosclerosis due to cholesterol buildup or diabetes damage.
(By the way, these are the same, main reasons for ED).
And it was finally stated that supplemental testosterone does NOT cause cancer (but it can support the growth of hormone-related cancers, if you already have them).
*NOTE -- this is a huge switch in attitude!
Just a few years ago, the only 'Low-T' the Mayo would treat was related to a defective organ or an abnormal disease state. You were expected to have your hormones fail as you aged, and to accept that you were breaking down (with age) was a 'healthy' psychological attitude.The reason that they were afraid to supplement - that was always touted to the public - was that supplementation will (always) lead to early heart attacks and cancers.
In this program the speaker admitted that this previous statements were incorrect -- he blamed all 'bodybuilders' for supplementing to extreme levels -- this is what gave supplementing 'T' a bad name. He maintained that bodybuilders were at an increased risk of death from supplementing to extremes.
One real reason I see for this attitude change in the 'medical attitude' is that the the 'Baby-boomers' happened.The moment men (and increasingly now, women) don't get the hormone they are requesting from their MD, they turn to another source, thus taking their money elsewhere. Medical practice sees what is happening and they want 'in' on the action.
There is a serious caveat to doing this (T from the Web) and not understanding the various forms of testosterone on the market. You NEVER want to use methylated or alkylated te
stosterone (anywhere, taken anyway). That form destroys the liver and much of what is on the internet is in this form. People do not understand that there is bioidentical testosterone that can be formulated as a cream.
4). The speaker admitted that if you replace testosterone there is a reversal of anemia, strengthening of bones, and a tendency to live better and longer -- a BIG switch in verbage from before.
5). The border of normal is still 300 ng/dL of total testosterone.
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DR Jeff Golini.