Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 18, 2013
The benefits of testosterone replacement
on physical and sexual function, energy levels, fat and muscle mass, blood lipids and bone density in men with low testosterone have been established for some time; there is also growing evidence that mortality increases when testosterone is maintained at healthy levels.
Dwindling t-levels may also be linked to conditions that contribute to heart disease such as hypertension, thrombosis (blood clots) or arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm).
With more than 40 years of research on cardiovascular disease and low testosterone, scientists couldn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the two– just an association. One potential, explanation for the link: “Low testosterone and heart disease can both result from poor overall health,” says study author Johannes Ruige, M.D.
This article supports that testosterone deficiency is common in patients with coronary disease and has a considerable negative impact on their survival. Investigating whether testosterone replacement can reduce the risk of fatality in men with lower than normal testosterone levels is the next best step.
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