October 15, 2013

A Patch for ED in T2D

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patchWhen it comes to erectile dysfunction in men with T2D, can a transversal patch help reintroduce function to a dysfunctional situation? The study published in Europe PubMed Central shares good news.

The effects of transdermal testosterone or alpha-lipoic acid on erectile dysfunction in men with T2D and the quality of life was assessed in this study. ED  can affect 25- 75% of the T2D male population.  This study treated affected men with transdermal testosterone or alpha-lipoic acid patches.

After 12-weeks of treatment with transdermal patches of testosterone or alpha-lipoic acid, men with ED and T2D were studied for the changes in quality of life. Their body weight, BMI, HbA1C, testosterone were measured and they were given a self-assessment before and after treatment with alpha-lipoic acid or testosterone transdermal  patches.

Men who were treated with testosterone decreased BMI significantly, increased testosterone concentrations and improved the glucose control, total cholesterol, and triglycerides,

The men treated with alpha-lipoic acid significantly reduced their BMI, HbA1C, total cholesterol and triglycerides. For obvious reasons their testosterone concentrations were not increased.

In both groups, the indicators for ED were also significantly improved. Most importantly, the self-assessments patients gave for physical health and overall wellbeing were positive.

The Mayo Clinic reviewed the use of transdermal testosterone patches. The take-home message is a medical condition that leads to an unusual decline in testosterone may be a reason to take supplemental testosterone but don’t go seeking the fountain of youth in testosterone. If you have “low T”, the testosterone patch may work.

Feeling good is never a bad thing. When your body weight, metabolic profiles, and sexual prowess are at the top of their game, nobody loses. Check your levels to see if one of these patches may be of use to you.

Speak with your doctor to see if a transdermal patch may be the right stuff to get your kick back and the spring if your step.

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