Health officials in the US have launched a campaign to test women with chronic hyperandrolism (high testosterone) and testosterone-deficiency anemia (low testosterone) to see if they can get a boost.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are hoping to test the women and children with this condition to see whether they can make more testosterone.
The goal is to help determine the best ways to use testosterone-enhancing drugs (TDEs) to help men with low testosterone.
“We’re trying to find a way to find the most effective treatments for patients who are not responding to treatment,” Dr. Peter B. Folsom, a clinical psychologist and head of the NIH program in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, told The Huffington Post.
“So we are looking at how to reduce the effect of TDEs.”
The campaign aims to test up to 3,000 women with these conditions.
“It’s a pretty large population that has been identified, so we are going to see how it works out,” Dr Folsome said.
“If the test results are positive, then the patients can go to the clinic and we can do their treatment.”
The researchers hope the data will help doctors and patients develop new treatments for those who have a higher rate of low testosterone or high testosterone deficiency, which is when one of the main reasons men are unable to have children is low testosterone levels.
They’re also hoping to see a decrease in symptoms for some patients, as well as to better understand how the body responds to TDE drugs.
In addition to the women, the campaign also aims to enroll 2,000 children ages 6 to 18.
As of last week, the study was looking at women with high testosterone and low testosterone, and children ages 4 to 12.
“The data has been collected in a very large population,” Folsoma said.
“It’s been very informative and the data is very useful.”
The NIH launched the study in April.
There are no specific guidelines for the study, so it’s unclear how it will be tested, but Folsomes said it should be “consistent with current guidelines.”
Folsom said the researchers have been able to find that there is a strong correlation between low testosterone and other conditions, and that low testosterone is a risk factor for the development of heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.
He also said it’s possible that the test is not predictive of testosterone levels in women, because of the way the data was collected.
“I think it is very important to have these types of studies, because the data can provide important clues,” he said.
However, Folsoms added that there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the study.
“[The] data we have collected is so limited that there’s a lot we don’t know about what’s happening with women with low or high levels of testosterone,” he explained. More: