Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a terrible condition, now research in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism finds that men who have low testosterone levels may be at increased risk for this dangerous disease. We know that testosterone is the name given to the male sex hormone that’s key to keeping up sperm production, sex drive and the strength of bones. It’s also responsible for a man’s deep voice and increased muscle mass.
Testosterone levels are known to drop by 1% every year after a man reaches his mid 30s, considered his prime. Levels also fluctuate during the day, with the highest in the morning. Stress and other life events might up the speed of a natural age related decline. Low testosterone has been shown to cause increases in body fat, loss of muscle bulk and body hair as well as symptoms like fatigue, depression and lack of sex drive. If you’re worried, find out what’s a normal level for your age.
Cardiovascular disease is a term that covers many problems, a lot of them tied to a process known as atherosclerosis, the condition t hat comes when plaque builds up on the artery walls. The buildup causes the arteries to narrow, which makes it that much harder for blood to flow through the body. If a clot forms, it can stop the flow, and this is often a source for a heart attack or stroke. Other conditions that fall under the cardiovascular disease umbrella include heart failure (when the heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should), arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm of the heart) and heart valve problems in opening or closing.
A team from Ghent University Hospital located in Belgium has found that those low testosterone levels might also be associated with a higher risk of either being diagnosed with or dying from cardiovascular disease. It’s a modest connection according to the researchers. To conduct the work, the team examined earlier studies that analyzed cardiovascular disease and testosterone levels conducted between the years 1970 to 2013. The review brought modest evidence that low testosterone levels are associated with a higher risk of CVD.
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Low Testosterone In Men And CVD Risks Continued…
But, and this is significant, there was little evidence of any association between atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries that can lead to stroke or heart attack) and low testosterone levels. There was also no evidence of any link between testosterone levels and heart attacks.
The work also saw that although many older or middle-aged men are given testosterone replacement therapy (at lower testosterone levels) this appears to have no positive affect on cardiovascular health. There are many gaps in our understanding of how testosterone levels and heart disease might be connected, and more research in this area will need to be conducted.
The research does demonstrate that testosterone levels in men are important indicators and should be monitored as more study in this area is being conducted. A healthy diet and regular exercise are two very natural, side effect free ways to help any man feel (and look) his best no matter what his testosterone level.
To your good health,