A recent study (Journal of Urology) of hypogonadal men who have had long term testosterone replacement therapy shows measurable improvements in both sexual and urinary function as well as a overall better quality of life.
The testosterone hormone is critical in the regulation of urinary, sexual function, metabolism. The majority of men see a decline in testosterone at a slow rate with age, typically with little symptoms. Some men however will experience several symptoms that result in testosterone deficiency. Otherwise known as insufficient levels of testosterone. Symptoms of low testosterone could be erectile dysfunction, fatigue, depression, and risk of diabetes.
There was a collaboration of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Public Health, and a group of urologists in Germany. They were tasked with investigating the effects of long-term testosterone replacement therapy on urinary health and sexual function as well as quality of life in men that are diagnosed with testosterone deficiency. More than 650 men in their 50s and 60s enrolled in the study, some with unexplained testosterone deficiency and others with known genetic and auto-immune causes for their hypogonadism.
“It is thought that testosterone treatment in men may increase prostate size and worsen lower urinary tract symptoms,” said Abdulmaged Traish, PhD, professor of urology at BUSM.
However, he and Gheorghe Doros, PhD, professor of biostatistics at BUSPH, discovered that despite increased prostate size in the group that received testosterone therapy, there were fewer urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, incomplete bladder emptying, weak urinary stream and waking up at night to urinate.
Along with the subjective improvements it was concluded that men treated with testosterone emptied their bladders more than those that do not take TRT. In addition, testosterone treatment also increased the scores patients received on assessments of their sexual health and general over all quality of life.
The findings of this study are of great significance to men suffering with symptomatic testosterone deficiency.
Do you suffer from low testosterone? Make an appointment today to discuss testosterone replacement therapy and if it’s right for you.
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