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Multiple Sclerosis Could Be Checked Through Testosterone Gel

Researchers at the University of California say they have been able to use testosterone gel to effectively slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis .

Only 10 men took part in the research, all had milder forms of MS, and more studies will be needed before doctors determine whether the treatment really works. Still, the researchers were impressed that the men's mental decline ceased, and the shrinking of their brains returned to the normal levels expected due to aging.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease that affects neurons, the cells of the brain and spinal cord that carry information, create thought and perception, and allow the brain to control the body.

Surrounding and protecting some of these neurons is a fatty layer known as the myelin sheath, which helps neurons carry electrical signals.

MS causes gradual destruction of myelin (demyelination) and transection of neuron axons in patches throughout the brain and spinal cord. The name multiple sclerosis refers to the multiple scars (or scleroses) on the myelin sheaths. This scarring causes symptoms which vary widely depending upon which signals are interrupted.

Testosterone treatment is an attempt to stall such a process.

Starting around age 40, a man's body produces less testosterone. Testosterone is the main male hormone that maintains muscle mass and strength, fat distribution, bone mass, sperm production, sex drive, and potency.

Testpsterone is a chemical messenger from one cell (or group of cells) to another. All multicellular organisms produce hormones.

For most men, testosterone levels naturally decline but still remain within the normal range throughout their lifetimes, causing no significant problems. But about two in 10 men age 60 and older have testosterone levels below the normal range (testosterone deficiency).

Testosterone deficiency can have several effects on the body, inclu
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