An opinionated follow up to Dr. Derrick DeSilva's article on "male menopause" and a call for action for more research involving anabolic steroids and HGH as a possible solution.
Recently, Dr. Derrick DeSilva a contributor at Insiders Health wrote an article about the “newly spotlighted condition” known as “male menopause.” As many of us know, ‘getting old’ sucks and although many advancements have been made to prolong our lives in a more functional sense, factually speaking, it would be nice to be twenty five forever. Male menopause is caused when men lose testosterone. As men age, this condition can get worse, varying in different men, but most if not all men, will see a dramatic drop in testosterone. The side effects are horrific and essentially, these effects such as loss of sex drive and fatigue, are why the getting old thing is so awful. So the questions many men may have is it possible to maintain youthful testosterone levels? Currently, the answer to that question is a mixed one varying between yes, maybe, but not quite sure.
Some obvious solutions could be scheduled injections of anabolic steroids and/or HGH- Human Growth Hormone. Currently, many people have heard of these two examples because of the controversy surrounding the recent major league baseball scandal. Sure, the competitive advantage that such embattled stars such as Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds received because of their use of some of these performance-enhancing drugs is not only unfair, but also ethically challenged. However, should society as a whole look at the use of steroids and HGH as a criminal act, if it can possibly improve the lives of millions, especially aging men? These questions are somewhat difficult to answer because further studies are needed for both of these substances to prove not only efficiency, but also what are the associated risks of ingesting such drugs.
Some case studies have proven anabolic steroids to be quite dangerous and even if positive results could be acquired from use, it may not be worth it. Some confirmed side effects of steroid use include; “change in behavior “roid rage”, acne, deepening of voice-if ingested by females, muscle damage, heart failure and liver cancer. ” But most of the aforementioned problems have developed while people have been issuing their own personal therapy schedule. It is quite possible, steroid therapy could not only be effective, but healthy even, if done under the proper supervision of a licensed physician.
Although, this topic, like many others in the unknown medical arena can produce fierce and emotional opinion, it is the belief here that more studies should be conducted on the effectiveness’ of HGH and anabolic steroids. Despite all opinions and observations of case studies, it will be impossible to conclude what benefits maybe derived from such substances if only hypothesized and simple conclusions are allowed to become conciliatory fact in public opinion. There must be a push from organizations such as the AARP-, which “is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over or more bluntly ‘aging men’”, for federal research of the possible hormonal benefits these drugs can have. It is quite likely that this research will prove factual some of the already examined case studies and end the debate about steroid and HGH use as a possible positive. However, without a conclusive study that examines in exact detail certain dosages and trials with actual people, then the possible benefits of these drugs for aging males, will never be realized.
So, like social security, finding a suitable testosterone replacement will become necessary for us males as we age. Therefore, we should demand more research into drugs such as anabolic steroids and/or HGH, or otherwise good luck getting me excited about retiring and “getting old!”