Men Don't Know About Their Health and Aging Can Hurt Them-- National
Survey Finds That Most American Men Over the Age of 39 Fail to Attribute
'Aging' Symptoms to Low Testosterone, a Treatable Condition -
April 18, 2006 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A national survey released
today indicates that one third of American men over the age of 39
report experiencing two or more symptoms of low testosterone
(Low T), a condition that affects four to five million American
males, marked by decreased energy, low libido, reduced muscle strength,
increased body fat, weaker bones, and mood swings. The survey of
522 men over age 39, which was commissioned by the Alliance for
Aging Research and conducted by Harris Interactive, shows that of
those men experiencing two or more symptoms, 95 percent say their
doctors did not mention Low T as a possible cause, even though it
is known that the condition can be diagnosed with a simple blood
high percentage of men experiencing symptoms associated with Low
T, general lack of awareness and reported willingness to treat those
symptoms, the Alliance for Aging Research, a nonprofit, independent
organization promoting public health education, announced today
the launch of the Men's Health and Aging in America campaign. The
campaign aims to raise awareness of Low T, encourage testing for
Low T, and educate the public about treatment options.
titled "Low Testosterone: Men's Health Condition
in the Shadows," suggests that the majority of men in America
do not associate certain aspects of physical decline with a possible
clinical deficiency. The common assumption that these symptoms are
attributable to the 'normal' aging process may often prevent them
from seeking diagnosis and treatment. Importantly, men over the
age of 39 report that they would be willing to take a prescription
medication to improve their energy levels (60%) and to decrease
body fat (57%). It is estimated that only five percent of men with
the condition currently receive treatment for Low T.
too often accept declining health and vitality as a consequence
of getting old," said Daniel Perry, Executive Director of the
not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research in Washington, D.C. "We
know that low testosterone can be an underlying
cause of symptoms previously attributed to aging, and we now have
FDA approved therapeutics in the form of testosterone replacement
therapy that can effectively address the condition. We
expect that broader education of the public on the symptoms of Low
T will enable more patients to be properly diagnosed and treated."
ninety-one percent of men over the age of 39 in America do not know
any or are unsure about symptoms associated with Low Testosterone,
the Men's Health and Aging in America campaign calls on patients
and doctors to open the lines of communications to discuss Low T,
its signs and symptoms, and proper diagnosis.
of its association with health risks such as diabetes, depression
and osteoporosis, low testosterone should be as
much of a health concern for men over 40 as heart disease, cancer
and stroke," said Andre T. Guay MD, Director, Center For Sexual
Function/Endocrinology, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, North Shore.
referred to as male menopause or hypogonadism, testosterone
deficiency in men leads to symptoms that can often be treated
when tested and diagnosed by their doctors. Typical symptoms of
Low Testosterone include:
Increased irritability or depression
Inability to concentrate
Reduced muscle mass and strength
sex drive and erectile dysfunction
Decreased bone density and osteoporosis
is the androgenic hormone primarily responsible
for normal growth and development of male sex organs. It facilitates
the development of secondary male sex characteristics such as musculature,
bone mass, fat distribution, male hair patterns and deepening of
the voice. The normal range for total testosterone
in men is generally 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL),
depending on the lab performing the test and the methodology used.
A simple blood test conducted by a physician can determine if a
man has low testosterone.
Interactive conducted this survey online within the United States
between January 17 and January 24, 2006 with a nation-wide sample
of 522 men over the age of 39. Figures for age, sex, race, education
and income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line
with their actual proportions in the population. "Propensity
score" weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity
to be online.
with probability samples of this size, one could say with 95 percent
certainty that the overall results have a sampling error of plus
or minus 4.3 percentage points. This online sample is not a probability
Men's Health and Aging in America Campaign
Health and Aging in America campaign, led by the Alliance for Aging
Research, has been initiated to raise awareness of Low T, a distinct
clinical condition defined by abnormally low testosterone
levels, among the aging male population. It is estimated
that approximately five million otherwise healthy men currently
have Low T and that only about five percent are receiving treatment.
The campaign calls on patients and doctors to open the lines of
communication and discuss the symptoms of Low T, encourage testing
for the condition and facilitate education about treatment. For
more information on the Men's Health and Aging in America campaign,
visit the Men's Health Corner at www.agingresearch.org.
for the Men's Health and Aging in America campaign and the Harris
survey was provided through an unrestricted education grant from
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Oscient Pharmaceuticals.
Alliance for Aging Research
not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research is the nation's leading
citizen advocacy organization for improving the health and independence
of Americans as they age. The Alliance was founded in 1986 to promote
medical and behavioral research into the aging process. Since then,
and as the explosion of the Senior Boom approaches, the Alliance
has become the voice for Baby Boomer health by developing, implementing
and advocating programs in research, professional and consumer health
education and public policy.
Interactive Inc. (www.harrisinteractive.com), based in Rochester,
New York, is the 13th largest and the fastest-growing market research
firm in the world, most widely known for The Harris Poll(R) and
for its pioneering leadership in the online market research industry.
Long recognized by its clients for delivering insights that enable
confident business decisions, the firm blends the science of innovative
research with the art of strategic consulting to deliver knowledge
that leads to measurable and enduring value. Harris Interactive
serves clients worldwide through its United States, Europe (www.harrisinteractive.com/europe)
and Asia offices, its wholly-owned subsidiary Novatris in Paris,
France (www.novatris.com), and through an independent global network
of affiliate market research companies.
Alliance for Aging Research