A group of Physicians, Scientists, researchers and Testosterone Replacement Therapy experts convened in Prague, Czechoslovakia to discuss the concerns and miscommunication surrounding treatment of Testosterone Deficiency. The group developed a set of resolutions and conclusions to establish a set of agreed principles for physicians, patients and governing agencies. The experts concluded nine resolutions with unanimous approval. The conference details and conclusions were published in a Mayo Clinic Proceedings report.
Intense media attention around testosterone therapy has risen due to a recent report suggesting increased heart-related risks associated with testosterone treatment. “The importance of this meeting was to set aside the various distortions and misinformation that have appeared regarding testosterone therapy and to establish what is scientifically true based on the best available evidence,” said Abraham Morgentaler, MD, chairman of the consensus conference. Morgentaler is the Director of Men’s Health Boston and an Associate Clinical Professor of Urology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.
The group convening in Prague to examine the best available scientific evidence included experts with specialties in urology, endocrinology, diabetes, internal medicine, and basic science research—agreed on the following:
“It will be surprising to those unfamiliar with the literature to learn how weak the evidence is supporting the alleged risks of cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer,” said Michael Zitzmann, MD, vice-chair of the conference and a Professor in the Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Andrology at the University of Muenster in Germany. “Indeed, there is substantial data suggesting there may actually be cardio-protective benefits of testosterone therapy.”
“The medical and scientific communities are still largely unaware of the major negative impact of testosterone deficiency on general health,” added co-author Abdulmaged Traish, PhD, a Professor of Urology at Boston University Medical Center. “The media-driven focus on unproven risks has obscured the known health risks of untreated testosterone deficiency: obesity, reduced bone mineral density, and increased mortality.”
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