S.F. Doctor Says Athlete's Testosterone Scandals Discourage Men Who Need Therapy

Dr. Karron Power, a San Francisco expert in male hormone replacement says a new test that can detect more cheaters may encourage more men to seek legitimate help for symptoms of low testosterone levels.

Online PR News – 03-October-2012 – San Francisco, CA – San Francisco, CA – “Although the San Francisco Giants have been subjected to unwanted media attention since some star players have tested positive for testosterone, cheating is rampant amongst athletes in many sports,” says Dr. Karron Power, an expert in testosterone replacement therapy and bio-identical hormones. “As testing has become more prevalent, athletes have become more skilled at avoiding detection,” says Dr. Power. “Altered anabolic ‘steroids’ are easy to detect and have therefore become less prevalent; while testosterone, identical to what is naturally produced by the body is much more difficult to detect, and therefore much more widely used.”

But according to recent news reports, the world’s first test to detect long-term use of human growth hormone has been developed by U.K. scientists at the University of Southampton, King's College London and the University of Kent at Canterbury. The test was used for the first time by analysts at the anti-doping laboratory for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The new test is based on the measurement of two proteins in the blood, which act as markers of growth hormone use. Both proteins increase in response to growth hormone use.

The test can detect the use of human growth hormone (HGH) backwards in time, thereby discouraging the use of HGH for weeks prior to an event. The usual practice has been to use HGH and then stop a few weeks before a scheduled event. With the new test, that strategy is no longer possible.

“Maybe now that we’re getting better at catching the athletes that cheat, we can get on with treating people who could benefit from hormone replacement,” says Dr. Power. “Hormones are only so tightly controlled to keep them out of the hands of athletes, but that policy hurts people in need.”

Dr. Power says that millions are spent each year in an attempt to curb performance enhancement amongst athletes, yet the vast majority of use probably still passes under the radar. “When a test does come back positive it’s headline news: a new steroid scandal,” she says.

“On the other hand, testosterone is a prescription medication that, when used correctly under a doctor’s supervision, can provide great benefits to men with low testosterone production,” says Dr. Power. “It is also a highly controlled and regulated medication, due to its potential for abuse amongst professional athletes. By limiting the number of prescriptions doctors write, the supply of testosterone for illegitimate use is limited. Unfortunately, men with a legitimate medical need for testosterone therapy pay the price in limited availability and higher costs. In addition, media attention on these pro-sports steroid scandals casts testosterone therapy in a poor light, discouraging men who could truly benefit from treatment from seeking it.”

For information on testosterone replacement therapy, contact the Youth Renewal Center at 415-785-7995 or visit www.youthrenewalcenter.com

Dr. Karron Power is seen in a recent ABC News story on testosterone therapy: http://youtu.be/b5k9DxDrU58

About Dr. Karron Power:
Karron Power, MD, MPH is board certified under the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a board diplomat with the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the International Hormone Society, the California Academy of Preventive Medicine, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Power graduated from UCSF Medical School and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health with an Environmental Health focus from UC Berkeley. Dr. Power has internship, residency, and fellowship training in Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dermatology, Aesthetic Medicine and Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.
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