Study investigates long-term health consequences for men using androgenic steroids

Androgenic steroid use is rising in the general population. It is now a major health concern particularly for young men. It is estimated that up to one in 15 men use or have-used androgens, often in combination with other performance and image enhancing drugs. 

Serious side effects of using androgens may include heart disease, brain and liver injury, infertility and a number of other conditions. Given that these drugs are often unregulated or not used for their correct purpose, the extent of possible side effects in otherwise healthy men aren’t well understood.

A recent study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine by researchers in Denmark investigated death rates and the presence of a range related conditions in a large number of male gym-users that had used androgens. Their findings showed a significant increase in the risk of death and other health conditions in these men.

Read about the research in our latest research review.

Posted in Adolescent and Young Adult Males, Andrology Australia, Men's health |

The Healthy Male Summer edition available now!

The Healthy Male, Summer issue

Issue 69 of The Healthy Male newsletter is out now. This edition looks back over the year that was, reflecting on the great efforts and national motivation to bring improvements to men’s health over the next decade. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a great festive season and a happy New Year!

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Updates to our PSA testing and prostate cancer factsheets

Andrology Australia have recently updated three of our popular patient factsheets on PSA testing, prostate cancer diagnosis and prostate cancer treatment.

These are a great information resource for men and their families. The updated factsheets and all of our factsheet resources can be downloaded free here.

Posted in Middle-aged and older males, Prostate cancer, Prostate cancer screening |

How do men want to receive health information?

Earlier this year Andrology Australia ran a nationwide study reaching out to adult males of all ages and backgrounds to help us understand the best ways to communicate health messages to men.

A big THANK YOU to those that kindly took part in our online survey or participated in a focus group! Your contribution will help Andrology Australia best reach out to different groups of men with relevant health messages.

A summary of the main findings is now available on our website and can be accessed here.

Posted in Andrology Australia, Research and Evaluation |

Erectile dysfunction risk could be in the genes

It is likely that some cases of erectile dysfunction are caused in part by genetics. But until recently, no single gene had been specifically found for a genetic link with erectile dysfunction.

Now researchers think they may have found a gene that is linked with the risk of erectile function in later life. The SIM1 gene is already known to play a part in sexual function and according to a recent report in the science journal PNAS, it could be linked to erectile dysfunction.

Thousands of DNA codes of men with erectile dysfunction were compared to the DNA codes of men without symptoms. The researchers pinpointed a region of DNA very close to the SIM1 gene where the code was more likely to be different in men with erectile dysfunction.

This discovery may help to understand the cause of erectile dysfunction in some men, and lead to new treatments to treat it.   

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Erectile dysfunction, Middle-aged and older males, Uncategorized |

Andrology Australia have a new factsheet on pre-conception health for dads-to-be

To coincide with Fertility Week, 15-21 October 2018, Andrology Australia are pleased to present a brand new factsheet for men who are planning to become dads.

Being healthy before trying for a baby is important for both parents, but sometimes the health of the man in the relationship is overlooked. A man’s health and lifestyle can affect the chances of getting his partner pregnant as well as the future health of children who inherit his genes.

Pre-conception health for dads includes five key actions!

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Posted in Fertility, Men's health, Preconception health |

The Healthy Male Newsletter Spring edition is out now!

The Healthy Male, Spring issue

Issue 68 of The Healthy Male newsletter is out now. Among a host of featured topics, this edition highlights Andrology Australia’s partnership in the Fertility Coalition, Your Fertility. Fertility Week, is coming up soon (15-21 October) and Andrology Australia are helping to develop new resources for pre-conception health for dads.

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Posted in Andrology Australia, Newsletter |

Oestrogen therapy and acute cardiovascular events in trans women

Transgender people (whose gender identity differs to their sex assigned at birth) may choose to undergo hormone therapy to align their physical appearance with their gender identity.

For a trans woman (born as a male and identifies as a female) medical transition includes oestrogen therapy. However, there have been concerns about an increased risk of cardiovascular events in trans women who have had oestrogen therapy.

A large study in the US, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, compared the incidence of cardiovascular events in more than 2800 trans women who were treated with oestrogen therapy with matched male and female controls (reference groups).

The results indicate a long-term increased risk of cardiovascular illnesses in trans women receiving oestrogen therapy compared to the reference group, highlighting a need for vigilance among health professionals who care for trans women.

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Clinical management, Knowledge exchange, Transgender persons |

Using preclinical models to discover new treatments for advanced prostate cancer

Despite many new treatments for advanced (castration-resistant) prostate cancer, this aggressive from of cancer remains incurable. A team of researchers at Monash University, Melbourne have established new preclinical models of advanced prostate cancer that can be studied in the laboratory.

Patient-derived xenografts (PDX) are primary tumours collected from a patient, which are then grown up in the laboratory setting. These tumours can be closely studied and new treatments can be tested prior to taking a drug to clinical trial.

The study, published in European Urology, successfully established a bank of castration-resistant prostate cancer PDX models and then used these models to test a range of drugs to see if they could slow growth of the cancer.

A particular set of drugs that inhibit protein synthesis in the cell were found to reduce tumour growth when used in combination. These exciting findings provide a strong rationale for testing these drugs in patients as part of a clinical trial.

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Knowledge exchange, Men's health, Middle-aged and older males, Prostate cancer |

Men’s Health Week evaluation time!

Please now take a few minutes to reflect on our resources, from the ‘it’s healthy to talk’ theme through to the design and appeal of our imagery, we would love your feedback.

Please complete our online survey, which only wakes around 5 minutes.  Your response will help ensure the success of future health promotion campaigns.




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