Hormone may improve life for men with Alzheimer's.
Daily supplementation with testosterone may help improve the quality of life for older men with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD), even though the hormone does not appear to improve memory or other cognitive skills, according to a study reported in the February 2006 issue of Archives of Neurology. Declining testosterone levels are associated with male aging, and previous research has revealed significantly lower levels of the hormone in men who develop AD. Working with a group of 16 men with mild AD, scientists randomly assigned the subjects to receive either testosterone or a placebo for 24 weeks, then assessed them for cognitive function, mood, behavior and psychological health. While the two groups did not differ in cognitive function, patients who received the hormone did show significant improvement in quality of life as reported by their caretakers compared to those who received placebo.
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|Publication:||Mind, Mood & Memory|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2006|
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