published in the international medical
journal, 'Neurology', shows that low
testosterone levels are associated with an increased risk of
developing Alzheimer's disease.
The study followed over 500
men for an average period of 19 years
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and concluded that
testosterone levels were lower in men who
developed Alzheimer's disease
and that the lower levels
present before the
onset of Alzheimer's.
National Well Men Program
doctors have long recognized
that low testosterone levels
result in impaired thinking and
mental clarity as well as
depressed mood. This extensive
adds to the growing body of
data supporting the importance of
testosterone levels in men as they age,
Dr Zentner said.
A survey of symptoms in men with low
testosterone carried out by the Well Men Program found that fatigue of body,
mind and emotions, memory loss and lapses of concentration, irritability and
mood problems were the most worrying aspects of the condition for men, followed
by general aches and pains, loss of libido and excessive sweating. Erection
difficulties were also common in some but not all men.
The new study, entitled "Free Testosterone and
Risk for Alzheimer's
Disease in Older Men", appeared in the January
2004 issue of
"Neurology", the internationally refereed journal of the American
Academy of Neurology.
It indicates a role for testosterone
replacement as a preventative to mental
deterioration as well as
the effective cure many men have found it to be.
A further "brief communication" in the same journal outlined
research that linked low testosterone levels in both women
and men to Alzheimer's disease.
This is of particular significance given the very small number
of women who actually have their testosterone levels
checked. Women interested in such an assessment should
contact the Well Men Centre to arrange a "Women Too"
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