The use of testosterone in some men improves certain metabolic parameters and does not increase prostate cancer risk, according to four new studies being presented during the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA).
Testosterone, a hormone produced primarily in the testicles, helps maintain a man’s:
- Bone density
- Fat distribution
- Muscle strength and mass
- Red blood cell production
- Sex drive
- Sperm production
Testosterone therapy is used to treat men with clinically diagnosed testosterone deficiency, also known as hypogonadism. While hypogonadism can be associated with fatigue, erectile dysfunction, decreased muscle mass, and even infertility, these symptoms may not always be related to low levels of this hormone. Men with these symptoms should consult with their physicians and undergo blood tests prior to starting testosterone replacement therapy.