Testosterone Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases
Testosterone therapy a promising alternative for treating autoimmune diseases like CIDP neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
By Shiraz Abbas
The worst part of getting an autoimmune disease like CIDP neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis or any other debilitating disease is finding out that there is no cure. You have to live under the perpetual stress that your disease will flare up again and ruin your life. Most conventional therapies help in the short run and mask the flare up but they don’t address our issues on a more chronic level.
For those whom conventional methods have not worked, some more “unconventional” therapies seem to be showing promise in treating autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis.
A 2001 study looked at patients with rheumatoid arthritis and found that 61% of them had hypogonadism, that is, the condition in which the body is not able to produce enough testosterone. This of course has been going on for a while. A 1988 study also linked low testosterone with the development of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. In a 2004 review, it was shown that proper levels of testosterone had a protective effect against autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis. A 1997 study showed that testosterone therapy helped with autoimmune encephalomyelitis.
If you suffer from an autoimmune disease and your conventional therapy is not working, try consulting with your doctor on options like testosterone therapy to see if you can alleviate your pain.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.