Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Testosterone exposure in the womb?

I don't have a lot of time to flesh this post out, but I had to post something. I just saw this article at Science Daily "Testosterone could Guard Against Eating Disorders."

Needless to say, I'm intrigued. I read the article and the findings are based on the study of twins in utero (fraternal twins with one of each sex compared to twins of same sex.) Not really what the headline promised.*

But questions resonate in my mind.

How can this be used to prevent EDs?
How would a mother know if her fetus is exposed to enough testosterone?
What is enough testosterone?
Is there a fix after birth?

I suppose we just need to wait a few decades to find out...

*I applaud any and all research that leads people to wake up to the fact that eating disorders are biologically based. I just wish the headlines wouldn't be quite so misleading... this one made it sound like the researchers were close to prescribing testosterone for patients with EDs. (But then, maybe it's just my exhausted brain that misread it.)

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