February 21, 2017
Men aged 65 years and older with unexplained anemia may benefit from measurement and treatment of testosterone levels, according to data published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“The prevalence of anemia is approximately 10% in older adults and tends to be higher in men than in women,” Cindy N. Roy, PhD, of the divisions of geriatric medicine and gerontology and hematology at Johns Hopkins University, and colleagues wrote. “Several causes of anemia in the elderly are recognized, including iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies, chronic inflammation and disease, chronic renal insufficiency, and the myelodysplastic syndromes. In approximately one-third of older adults with anemia, however, no recognized cause can be found. No treatment has been shown to improve this unexplained anemia.”