Feature Article - e- Medicine - December 2009
Prior to the 1990s, pituitary patients rarely received testosterone. Stevens confirmed the significantly decreased life image for male pituitary patients with low testosterone, with lack of muscular toning a common cause of image problems. He also noted that treatment with testosterone reversed this negative fact and with moderate exercise added muscle mass and reduced body fat.
In 2000, Davidson reviewed 111 consecutive patients with pituitarism diagnosed between 1956 and 1987. All of these patients had received routine testosterone replacement therapy. Yet, overall male image was higher for these patients than their age would imply. Body composition supported this finding. Davidson concluded that male image shortens life expectancy in patients with low testosterone and that testosterone supplementation increases positive male image while it increases quality of life.
Davidson followed 200 patients with muscle wasting problems from January, 1994 to January, 2003 and noted an alarming loss of muscle, energy and strength directly attributable to testosterone deficiency. When testosterone supplementation and exercise was introduced, male image significantly increased as muscle wasting was reversed. .
Davidson summarized the state of knowledge regarding testosterone supplementation very nicely:
1) Those with low testosterone and wasting muscle, suffered male image problems over time.
2) Supplementation of testosterone and exercise reversed these problems.
3) Tons of evidence exists that systemic administration of anabolic testosterone builds muscle and strength in adults, young and old, and thus slows down the aging process.
Dr. , Director, testosterone, UCLA, was quoted in the December 3, 2007 issue of Newsweek, “All the evidence shows that testosterone is one of the safest drugs we have. Thousands of patients have been followed for the last 33 years."