Pharmaceutical

UFC President voices approval for testosterone replacement therapy

testim UFC President voices approval for testosterone replacement therapyUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White told Fox Sports that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is “great” because it can help restore hormone levels in aging men.

“Here’s the thing about TRT: It’s absolutely 100 percent legal,” Mr. White told Fox Sports. He explained, “As sports medicine continues to advance, this is one of those things where every guy’s testosterone level starts to drop as they get older and this is basically sports science now where they can bring it back up to a normal level. And I think it’s great, it’s absolutely fair, it’s legal.

“The problem is, there are guys who say if this much is good, this much must be great, so you have guys who are always trying to do more than they’re supposed to do,” Mr. White added. “The big job is policing it, making sure that it’s not being abused, that guys are using it the way it’s supposed to be used.”

Mr. White’s remarks about TRT aren’t just surprising because they seem to indicate a 180-degree turnaround from disapproving comments he made about TRT in the past, they almost sound like an advertisement for testosterone-replacement drugs, which are currently surging in popularity and expected to triple within the next five years.

Some doctors who are critics of Androgel, Testim, and other testosterone drugs blame the explosive sales on “disease mongering” by pharmaceutical companies who push the drugs as a tonic for “andropause,” a medically dubious male menopause and “low T” brought about by aging.

“One suspects a strong marketing campaign has led to the overuse of testosterone as a tonic for male sexual dysfunction and ageing, without proper evidence,” says a summary of one recent study published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).

As a result, testosterone-replacement drugs are coveted by many men for recreational and sexual enhancement purposes, and some doctors are all too happy to prescribe the drugs to men with normal hormonal levels.

Other recent studies have demonstrated that while testosterone levels may generally drop among aging men, the decline isn’t necessarily caused by aging but by poor lifestyle choices. For instance, a study by researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia found that men with certain poor habits and chronic health problems had lower testosterone levels than aging men who exhibited healthier patterns of diet and exercise. Researchers also noted that the drop of testosterone over time was minimal, about one percent per year.

Fortunately, not everyone shares Mr. White’s enthusiasm for TRT. According to MMAFrenzy, “One fighter who seemed to take offense to the UFC President’s comments is a recent supporter of VADA (voluntary anti-doping association) testing, Roy Nelson, who will be a coach on the forthcoming season of the Ultimate Fighter … took to Twitter to mock the president’s comments.”

He tweeted, “The Juice is good, Dana White says so as long as you don’t over do it …”

Sources:

Fox Sports
MMAFrenzy
Bloomberg/Businessweek
New York Daily News
Medical Journal of Australia