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NBC News Health quotes Dr. Brad Anawalt on a recent study about estrogen and men

Posted on September 13th, 2013

NBC News Health quoted Dr. Brad Anawalt's comments on a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine title Gonadal Steroids and Body Composition, Strength, and Sexual Function in Men.

Excerpt from NBC News Health: "Men need 'female' hormone for sex drive, fat control: study"

Estrogen, the “female” hormone, is a lot more important to men than even many doctors think, according to a surprising new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that it’s actually a lack of estrogen that’s most responsible for the accumulation of body fat plaguing men with low testosterone levels, raising their risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Low estrogen is also a big contributor to the sexual dysfunction and low libido usually blamed solely on low testosterone.

The research could change the way doctors prescribe hormones for men, experts suggest.

“It’s a blockbuster, a mind bender for the general public and many scientists,” Brad Anawalt, an endocrinologist and vice chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington, who was not involved with the study, told NBC News.