Boost Of Testosterone Doesn’t Help In ED
From time to time majority of the men face difficulties in their erections. According to the preliminary data, it is observed that the supplementation of testosterone did not succeed to enhance erectile dysfunction which was mild to moderate in the elderly males, although the levels of testosterone were increased, said researchers. And studies have explained that it does not help males with low levels of testosterone if their only symptom is ED.
The SHIM (Sexual Health Inventory for Men) scores illustrated no differences if the males in the research were given 25 mg of testosterone in a day (AndroGel), 50 mg testosterone in a day, or placebo, Lauren W.Roth, MD, University of Colorado, Denver said.
The scale of SHIM ranges from 1-25, with a score of 1-7 showing extreme erectile dysfunction and no erectile dysfunction was indicated by a score of 22-25. The participants of the study were nearly 65 years in age, and above 90 percent of them were Caucasian.
Roth said in her oral presentation in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting that men did feel an improvement in the levels of testosterone at 6 months and 1 year for both the high-dose and low-dose treatment in comparison to the baseline levels. But that variation did not turn into better sexual development for the males.
Roth said that the Trans-dermal Testosterone did increase the levels of testosterone to a normal extent. But scores of SHIM did not enhance.
Roth stated that the males in the research did not consume any other medications of erectile dysfunction.
Erectile Dysfunction is not only an issue of the low levels of testosterone, stated Edward Kim, MD OF University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville.
“I believe it is brilliant that males with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health factors that affect erectile dysfunction will recognize that the low level of testosterone is responsible for their problem of erectile dysfunction,” says Kim, President of Society of Male Reproduction and Urology. “I have noticed in my practice that perhaps 10-15 % of males with erectile dysfunction can be treated with the supplementation of testosterone, so the conclusions of the research done by the Colorado group is very normal for me.”
Generally ED is caused by the reduced flow of blood to the penis. This is a consequence of other conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries. These medical conditions are responsible for the narrowing of the blood vessels and reduction of the flow of blood to the penis. Low Testosterone may alter the sexual desire, but it seldom is responsible for ED.
The treatment of testosterone includes several risks. The testosterone treatment may cause too much fluid retention in the body. It may also cause an enlarged prostate, acne and enlarged breasts. Other side effects are increased blood cells, low fertility, increase in symptoms of sleep apnea, and a greater risk of growing prostate cancer.