Thursday, October 31, 2013
Docs question that testosterone gel stuff
Elizabeth Rosenthal, NYT, Oct 29, 2013, says they often headline this--Have you lost your ability to play sports?" What they mean is, have you lost your ability to...well, you know.
Sales of skin-absorbed "T" are $2 billion a year in the US.
One problem: No one has proved it works and no one really knows the risks, but these may be heart disease and prostate cancer. A doctor at Scripps said some men are achieving "T" levels that are "ridiculously high."
Actually, there is no disease called "Low T."
And this stuff can cost $500 a month, with many insurers requiring only a low copay. So slather it on!
Low testosterone--measured, tested for--is rarely even a cause of erectile dysfunction. As for the decline in interest in playing sports, you are on your own. I am not sure there is medication for that.