Hormone replacement therapy is just for women? Not any longer.
According to an article put out by Harvard Health Publications, men generally hit their peak in testosterone around age 17. Hormonal levels start to diminish in the 30s and 40s and by the time a man reaches his 80s-should he have the privilege- his testosterone levels are about half of what they were in high school.
So, what can a man do if misses feeling the call of the birds and the bees? The answer seems to be: apply testosterone gel.
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown unquestioningly that testosterone replacement therapy has benefits for males in their later years.
Here’s what took place: the study is question was conducted by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine and centered on men over the age of 65 who had low levels of testosterone due to advancing age.
Participants were asked to apply a gel with testosterone in it, to see if it had an affect on their body and mood, for a period of one year.
Specifically, researchers were looking to see if men using the gel experienced a boost in their sexual and physical function, as well as in their overall feelings of vitality.
The results? Positive-if you don’t mind thick liquids. While some participants were given the actual hormonal gel and some a placebo, those who received the testosterone gel really seemed to experience noticeable benefits.
An article on NationalPost.com reports that those participants who received testosterone for a year reported “significant improvements” in sexual function, which included sexual activity, desire and erectile function , when compared with those who received the placebo.
“There appear to be benefits for treatment with testosterone among men who have unequivocally low levels of testosterone that are attributable solely to age. The benefits were quite convincing for sexual function,” Prof Thomas Gill, a co-author of the study, of Yale School of Medicine, is quoted as saying.
And while complete safety in long-term use of the gel therapy cannot yet be concluded conclusively, the gel could be a good start at considering some possible new options.
“We found that (additional) testosterone improved men’s impression that their sexual desire, walking ability, energy level and overall health were better,” said Prof. Gill.