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A study published in the international medical journal, 'Neurology', shows that low testosterone levels are associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

The study followed over 500 men for an average period of 19 years and concluded that testosterone levels were lower in men who developed Alzheimer's disease and that the lower levels were present before the onset of Alzheimer's. The National Well Men Program have long recognized that low testosterone levels result in impaired thinking and mental clarity as well as depressed mood.  This extensive study adds to the growing body of data supporting the importance of maintaining healthy testosterone levels in men as they age,


The study, entitled 'Free Testosterone and Risk for Alheimer's Disease in Older Men' appeared in the January 2004 issue of "Neurology", the internationally refereed journal of the American Academy of Neurology.  It indicates a role for testosterone replacement as a preventative to mental deterioration as well as the effective cure many men have found it to be. 




A further "brief communication" in the same journal outlined research that linked low testosterone levels in both women and men to Alzheimer's disease. This is of particular significance given the very small number of women who actually have their testosterone levels checked. Women interested in such an assessment should contact the Well Men Centre to arrange a "Women Too"  appointment.


A survey of symptoms in men with low testosterone carried out by the Well Men Program found that fatigue of body, mind and emotions, memory loss and lapses of concentration, irritability and mood problems were the most worrying aspects of the condition for men, followed by general aches and pains, loss of libido and excessive sweating. Erection difficulties were also common in some but not all men. 




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