Long-term testosterone therapy may improve urinary, sexual function and the overall quality of life, a new study finds. According to reports, the new study finds a significant improvement in urinary and sexual function as well as the quality of life in hypogonadal men that undergo long-term testosterone replacement therapy.
It is reported by Science Daily that testosterone is a steroid hormone that focuses on the regulation of urinary health, sexual function, metabolism and several other critical functions. The report added that the concentration of testosterone declines slowly with age for most men. However, sometimes this decline is not accompanied by immediate major symptoms.
Meanwhile, it is reported by Eurekalert that other men may experience an array of immediate signs and symptoms as a result of a medical condition known as male hypogonadism or Testosterone Deficiency (TD). The condition is linked to low levels of testosterone and symptoms may range from low energy, erectile dysfunction, depression, fatigue, to an increased risk of diabetes.
The study which was conducted by researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Public Health (BUSPH) in collaboration with a group of urologists in Germany, investigated the effects of long-term testosterone replacement therapy on sexual function, urinary health and the overall quality of life in men that has been diagnosed with symptomatic testosterone deficiency.
It is reported that the new study involved 650 men who were in their 50s and 60s. While some of the participants had unexplained testosterone deficiency, the hypogonadism of others was as a result of known genetic and autoimmune causes. “It is thought that testosterone treatment in men may increase the prostate size and worsen lower urinary tract symptoms,” professor of urology at BUSM, Abdulmaged Traish, Ph.D., said.
Interestingly the researchers found that even with an increased prostate size, there were fewer urinary symptoms like incomplete bladder emptying, frequent urination, weak urinary stream and waking up at night to urinate in the group of participants who received testosterone therapy.
Furthermore, the authors also discovered in an objective test that this group of participants emptied their bladders more fully compared to those that did not receive testosterone treatment. The therapy also lead to an increase in sexual health and the overall quality of life. The researchers published their findings in the Journal of Urology.