The Endocrine Society responds to Institute of Medicine report on testosterone therapy for older men

ports the hormone in the body, age, obesity and interferences associated with commonly used test methods. More meaningful blood tests, which should be considered for the study population (i.e. men over 65 years), are bioavailable or free serum testosterone. It is also important to collect blood samples for hormone measurement in the morning hours from seven to 10 a.m., and to confirm results with a repeat measurement in order to obtain meaningful results. Finally, The Endocrine Society notes that a clear diagnosis of hypogonadism in men of all ages remains an established indication for testosterone therapy.

In 2000 and 2001, the Endocrine Society convened a panel of authorities in various areas of medicine, including endocrinology, urology, psychiatry and primary care, to perform an in depth review of the issues pertaining to androgen deficiency in aging men. The conferences were held to evaluate the current research on testosterone therapy and to develop recommendations for testosterone therapy that could be used in a clinical setting. Additionally, the group examined the defined levels of testosterone in young and older men. The panel concluded that there was insufficient data to provide definitive answers to the problems that were addressed. Instead, the panel created recommendations that were designed to provide guidance and assist practitioners until more adequate information is available.

"Endocrinologists are deeply involved with the treatment and research of testosterone therapy for men of all ages. The Endocrine Society recognizes that clinical trials are needed to better understand the impact of testosterone treatment on aging men. We applaud the IOM panel for evaluating our current knowledge of testosterone therapy and for determining the most appropriate way to conduct future research in the area of testosterone therapy for men over 65," noted Endocrine Society President, E. Chester Ridgway. "We hope that the scientific communi

Contact: Marisa Lavine
The Endocrine Society & The Hormone Foundation

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