Testosterone Resistance by Professor Malcolm Carruthers
April 2016 sees the publication of an important new book by Professor Malcolm Carruthers. Founder and Chief Medical Consultant to the Centre for Men’s Health, Professor Malcolm Carruthers, is a highly respected men’s health specialist and world authority on Testosterone Deficiency. Dr Carruthers is adjunct professor at the Alzheimer’s and Aging Department, Edith Cowan Unversity, Western Australia. He is also President of the Society for the Study of Androgen Deficiency (the Andropause Society).
There are two mysteries this book sets out to solve.
Firstly, why the characteristic symptoms of testosterone deficiency, loss of vitality and virility don’t always correspond with low testosterone levels in the blood, and why doctors can be reluctant to give men testosterone treatment.
The book looks at the mechanisms within the body and other factors that might lead to testosterone deficiency related symptoms in the absence of an absolute low level of total testosterone in the blood. In particular, it sets out a new theory ‘Testosterone Resistance’ to explain how the relative deficiency of this hormone, like that of insulin in adult onset diabetes, arises, resulting in a deficiency of active testosterone causing symptoms and other health impacts.
Secondly, it examines international patterns of testosterone prescribing that indicate that access to treatment for the condition is very heavily influenced by prevailing medical politics rather than purely being a matter of medical evidence alone. It also explores in detail the research around prostate and heart safety, making a strong case that concerns about the safety of testosterone replacement therapy in relation to prostate and heart health have been overemphasised.
In the forward to the book, the eminent American doctor Dr Abraham Morgentaler, Associate Clinical Professor of Urology at Harvard Medical School states:
“Professor Malcolm Carruthers has been a clear-sighted champion of testosterone from long before it became a fashionable concept. His experience and insight in the topic are formidable, and he writes in a style that is both incisive and entertaining. It is likely that every medical field has its unscientific assumptions and lore, but the field of testosterone deficiency and treatment has more than its share. Whereas many experts bow to the false god of assumed truths without questioning their wisdom or scientific provenance, Professor Carruthers skillfully skewers many of these concepts. There is no one quite like Malcolm Carruthers, MD, and there is no other book quite like this one when it comes to describing the unvarnished truths about testosterone”.
It is available in a variety of formats on Amazon www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1514465663. All proceeds of sale of the book go to supporting the Andropause Society. The Society exists to help men get the testosterone treatment they need to relieve the symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency, Andropause or Male Menopause, particularly in relation to loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. It is also working to increase understanding of the new theory of ‘Testosterone Resistance’, how this might contribute to diabetes, excess weight, high blood pressure, and heart disease and how testosterone replacement therapy can prevent and reverse these conditions.
Professor Carruthers’ other recently published books include The 50+ Plan: His & Hers HRT and ADAM: Androgen Deficiency in the Adult Male – Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment (2nd edition.