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    Hypogonadism: Expert panel adopts nine resolutions

    An international group of physician and scientific experts, including several urologists, recently approved nine resolutions that offer physicians and patients what they say is evidence-based clarity on the topic of male hypogonadism and its management. 

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    "The medical and scientific communities are still largely unaware of the major negative impact of testosterone deficiency on general health. The media-driven focus on unproven risks has obscured the known health risks of untreated testosterone deficiency: obesity, reduced bone mineral density, and increased mortality,” panel member Abdulmaged Traish, MBA, PhD, of Boston University Medical Center, Boston said in a press release.

    The nine resolutions, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings (2016; 91:881-96), begin with defining testosterone deficiency (TD) as a “well-established, clinically significant medical condition that negatively affects male sexuality, reproduction, general health and quality of life.” The others include:

    • Symptoms and signs of TD occur as a result of low levels of testosterone and may benefit from treatment regardless of whether there is an identified underlying origin.
    • There is no scientific basis for any age-specific recommendations against the use of testosterone therapy in adult males.
    • The evidence does not support increased risks of cardiovascular events or prostate cancer with testosterone therapy.
    • The evidence supports a major research initiative to explore possible benefits of testosterone therapy for cardiometabolic disease, including diabetes.

    Next: Dr. Morgentaler discusses resolutions

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...

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