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No difference in cognitive impairment seen in men on testosterone treatment

February 24, 2017

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One year of testosterone treatment did not improve memory or other cognitive functions compared with placebo among older men with low testosterone and age-associated memory impairment, according to study findings published in JAMA.

“Aging is associated with declines in some cognitive functions, including verbal and visual memory, executive function, and spatial ability,” Susan M. Resnick, PhD, from the laboratory of behavioral neuroscience at the NIH’s National Institute on Aging, and colleagues wrote. “Aging in men is also associated with a reduction in serum testosterone, raising the possibility that reduced circulating testosterone concentration may contribute to age-related cognitive decline.”

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