QUESTIONS FOR THE MINISTER
John Baron MP, wrote to Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of Health for Health Services on 31st May 2007, asking a number of questions on behalf of Testosterone Deficiency sufferers. The answer was sent on 17th July 2007 from Rosie Winterton's successor, Ann Keen MP, a former nurse. As a direct response to Ms Keen's reply, the TDC has launched an e-petition to the Prime Minister. We urge our visitors from the UK to sign this petition.

Question 1.
What assessment has been made by the Department of Health of the findings published in late 2002 by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists on adult male Hypogonadism?
Answer
The Department of Health has not made any assessment of research into adult Male Hypogonadism and I regret, the Department does not hold the specific information you have requested.
Question 2.
What, if any, research available to the Department of Health, suggests that low Testosterone can cause Type 2 Diabetes, Cardio-Vascular Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Disease and Osteoporosis in men?
Answer
The Department does not hold information on this.
Question 3.
What assessment has been made of the reliability of using the Free Androgen Index to establish hormone health in men?
Answer
The Department does not hold information on this.
Question 4.
What assessment has been made of the possible benefit of using Testosterone therapy when treating co-morbid patients?
Answer
The Department does not hold information on this.
Question 5.
What estimate has been made of the number of men born each year in England, who are destined to have Testosterone problems?
Answer
The Department does not hold information on this.
Question 6.
What plans does the Department of Health have to ask NICE to produce guidance on testing for low Testosterone and subsequent treatments?
Answer
We have no current plans to ask NICE to produce guidance on testing for low Testosterone, or on subsequent treatments. Clinicians are best placed anyone concerned about low levels of Testosterone .
Question 7.
What other steps is the Department of Health taking to raise the profile of low Testosterone problems, or promote the use of Testosterone?
Answer
There was no answer to this question

In asking the above questions, Mr Baron also succinctly described the Testosterone problem to his counterpart. The TDC is extremely grateful to Mr Baron for his intervention on behalf of Testosterone Deficiency. Let us hope it marks the beginning of the end of this problem! Ann Keen's answers demonstrate the failure of the UK government to acknowledge the Testosterone Deficiency problem. In suggesting clinicians are the best people to deal with the matter, Ms Keen and the Department of Health, clearly fail to recognise the probems highlighted by the American guidelines and appear indifferent to its import for male health and the far-reaching consequences of continuing to ignore the issue..

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