(1) A study on 10 Indonesians
“Dr Tseng, 40, who is also a visiting consultant at the Singapore General Hospital, is doing the study on 10 Indonesians living in Jakarta, as Singaporeans have not started such comprehensive hormone treatment yet”.... “He said he started the research by chance”.... “I started looking into this after patients came to me complaining of low libido, which improved after they under-went hormone replacement treatment.” ... “The study hopes to look at how the drugs can reverse the ravages of time and also possibly prevent degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis and heart attacks”.
(2) Blood tests
“The patients in his study first undergo a blood test to find out the different hormones they are deficient in, and then take some doses of the hormones”.... “The hormone levels are monitored every three months, and treatment is adjusted if necessary”.
(3) Preliminary results
“The results of the five-month study, started in January, are still preliminary, he said”. ... “At present, they have not had any unpleasant side-effects, and are very excited about their improvements in energy levels, sex drive and so on”. ... “The full effectiveness of taking such hormones would be borne out in 20 years or so, when most of his subjects reach their 60s or 70s, he said”. ... “But if I wait until then, many people who can benefit from the treatment will lose out”. ... “Because this is a new form of treatment, I am starting out very cautiously, using very small doses of the hormones and monitoring the treatment regularly”.
(4) Personal testimony
Caption of photograph of Dr Tseng - “Dr Tseng himself has been taking Melatonin for three months. He says that he is more active, can sleep better, and has even shed 2 kg without changing his lifestyle.
(5) Comment about geriatricians
“By right, it should be the specialists in geriatric medicine who are studying such hormones and their role in preventive treatment”. ... “But they are often caught up in treating the symptoms of old age, and by then, it may be too late”.