All you have to do is take a quick drive around town to see that low testosterone clinics are all the rage. A little math will tell you why. Males make up around 50 percent of the population, and their testosterone declines, naturally, at a rate of 1 percent per year after age 30. If that decline merits treatment, it’s no wonder those clinics are everywhere.
But, does it merit treatment?
Is testosterone replacement safe?
Is it even effective?
We dig into those questions on this episode of 2 Docs Talk.
In healthcare, the holy graille seems to be longevity. We look at whether a treatment increases lifespan and use that as a barometer for it's value.
But should that be the yardstick we use? Or would we be better off with a more subjective measure of improving quality of life, even if that means sacrificing some of the quantity.
Today, 2 Docs Talk about this question propose some things to consider as you consider your approach to aging and healthcare.
Colonoscopy study in the Annals of Internal Medicine
Research on lifespan in Nature
One of the latest technological advances in food production is the introduction of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, to the food supply. They have the potential to offer many benefits including increased productivity, pest and herbicide resistance, longer shelf life, and the list goes on.
But many are concerned that this relatively new technology isn’t safe – for health, the environment or the economy. We dig into the evidence surrounding GMOs in this episode. We might even share an opinion or two on whether the crops are just GMOs or Frankenfood.
Back pain is second only to cancer as a cause of long term disability. This health problem is damaging to individuals and costly to society. And we don’t have much in our arsenal that is effective at treating it.
This week, we discuss the difference between acute and chronic back pain with regard to treatment and outcomes. We also discuss the role of surgery, medications, alternative therapies, and some interesting new research on what helps resolve chronic back pain.