This health video focuses on the use of steroid medication with senior parents.
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Jennifer Matthews: Donald peak is 77-years old. He bikes... Lifts weights... Swims... And he takes anabolic steroids. Donald Peak: I really wanted to know if it would improve my lifestyle, if I could do more things than I was already doing. Jennifer Matthews: Testosterone injections were given to older patients as part of a research study. Dr. Randall Urban: We're not going to create this race of older people who have rippling muscles. That's not going to happen. Jennifer Matthews: Instead Doctor Randall urban says steroids could help seniors stay independent longer. Dr. Randall Urban: We may be able to create a race of older people who can still live in their homes, who can still take out the trash, who can still walk the dog, who can still have very active lives. Jennifer Matthews: Did Donald notice a difference on the drugs? Donald Peak: It didn't affect me one way or the other. Jennifer Matthews: Actually it did! Donald may not realize it, but his body did change during the six-month study. His body fat dropped from twenty-six percent to below nineteen. A ten-pound increase in his biceps... A twenty-pound increase in his leg muscles. Dr. Randall Urban: It's going to be something that may not be very noticeable to the person right away and it may be something that would have an effect over two or three years. Jennifer Matthews: So as Donald approaches his eighties, his body is better prepared to keep up. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.