Testosterone -– the hormone responsible for a mans sex drive -– may help him recover from a stroke, according to preliminary animal research at Saint Louis University.
Researchers will present their findings at the annual meeting of the American Neurological Association in October. "It looks like testosterone speeds up the recovery from a stroke," said Yi Pan, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and principal investigator on the study. "While the results are encouraging, this is still very preliminary and we need to do more research."
The scientists compared two groups of castrated rats that had suffered strokes. Half received testosterone and half a placebo. The rats that received testosterone showed significant improvement in neurological deficits while those in the control group did not.
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