UC San Diego School of Medicine is seeking volunteers for a national study to test the effects of testosterone as a treatment for several conditions affecting the health of older men. Low serum testosterone may contribute to a number of problems experienced by older men, including decreased ability to walk, loss of muscle mass and strength, decreased vitality, decreased sexual function, impaired cognition, cardiovascular disease and anemia. The Testosterone Trial will test whether these conditions can be improved with testosterone therapy.
“Low testosterone levels can adversely affect the health of older men in several critical areas,” said Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, M.D., distinguished professor and chief, division of epidemiology, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. “If this treatment proves effective, we may be able to help older men with low testosterone remain healthy and independent longer than would have been possible.”
Funded primarily by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and coordinated by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Testosterone Trial will be conducted at 12 sites across the country. Overall, the study will involve 800 men; UC San Diego School of Medicine is seeking to recruit about 70 men from the area for the trial.