ANCHOR LEAD: WHO IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR USE OF TESTOSTERONE SUPPLEMENTS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Testosterone supplements should only be given to men who have both low blood levels of the hormone and sexual symptoms such as low libido or erectile dysfunction, a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded. Arthur Burnett, a urologist at Johns Hopkins, agrees with the conclusion that testosterone levels alone are not predictive.
BURNETT: How do we determine who is the right person to be treated rather than be indiscriminate about treatment. Really try to judge what patient really is symptomatically impacted, especially with regard to sexual function, particularly sexual interest or libido. Those patients may be worthy of trials almost irrespective of what their testosterone level is because there’s such a wide range of testosterone measurements, what is the normal cut off from one man versus another may be hard to know. :25
Absolute numbers with respect to testosterone don’t correlate with symptoms, with some men having what might be called low levels having no symptoms at all. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.