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Low testosterone in men linked to increased mortality risk

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  • 9 days ago

A recent study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that low levels of testosterone in men may be linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Western Australia, along with other Australian, European, and North American researchers, gathered data from 11 studies involving 24,000 people to investigate the relationship between testosterone levels and health outcomes in older men.

The findings of the study indicated that men with low total testosterone levels had a greater risk of dying from any cause, while those with very low levels of testosterone had a higher risk of dying from CVD. This association between testosterone and death risk was confirmed by experts in the field, although the exact mechanism by which low testosterone influences health outcomes is not entirely clear.

Low testosterone levels may lead to reduced muscle mass, increased fat accumulation, and other health issues, which are known risk factors for CVD. Additionally, low testosterone has been associated with a variety of systemic medical problems, including loss of bone density, muscle mass, weight gain, moodiness, fatigue, and depression.

If you suspect that you have low testosterone, a simple blood test can confirm the diagnosis. Treatment options for low testosterone may include lifestyle changes such as weight loss, good sleep, and regular exercise, as well as avoiding certain substances like processed foods, alcohol, and soy products. Supplemental treatments such as DHEA, vitamin D3, Tribulus, and maca may also be considered, but should be taken under the supervision of a doctor.

In cases where natural measures are not effective, testosterone therapy may be prescribed by a healthcare provider. This therapy can be administered orally, through injection, or via creams, gels, or patches applied to the skin. It is important to consult with a doctor before starting any treatment for low testosterone, as certain conditions such as prostate cancer may require special consideration.

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