Testosterone therapy 'increases muscle mass in older men'

Posted on 20 June 2011

Testosterone therapy could be used to reverse some of the symptoms of ageing in older men, a new study has suggested.

Nine proteins which transform during the ageing process were discovered in a study published in journal Immunity and Aging.

It was also revealed that the ageing of a number of these proteins could be reversed by treatment with testosterone.

The hormone treatment was seen to increase lean muscle mass in older and younger men.

Researcher Dr Monty Montano said that there is no "one size fits all" ageing test, as a difference was seen in the reaction to anabolic steroids among older and younger men.

"It seems that testosterone replacement does not necessarily mean a restoration of full testosterone functionality for the older man," he continued.

Meanwhile, testosterone has been found to improve memory in post-menopausal women, according to new findings presented at the Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston.

Posted by Nigel Murphy 

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