TYPE OF TESTOSTERONE
ANCHOR LEAD: COULD HARM RESULT FROM SOME TYPES OF TESTOSTERONE SUPPLEMENTS BUT NOT OTHERS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
How can we account for the conflicting studies related to testosterone supplementation in men, with some seeming to advocate for the practice while others clearly signal danger? Arthur Burnett, a urologist at Johns Hopkins, says the fact that different forms of the hormone have different side effects is well known.
BURNETT: Oral supplements of testosterone, at least in the forms that we know of, could have some liver toxicities, other risks, so certainly those are not approved. There are other therapies that range from topical therapies to injections, and more recently now, pellets that have been described. I think that therapies that can provide a more continuous physiologic response as opposed to high swings supertherapeutic levels then valleys, that maybe the topicals, the steady state long term therapies may potentially be more beneficial. :30
Burnett says the risk benefit profile needs to be carefully considered on an individual basis for any man considering testosterone. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.