Older men with the highest levels of testosterone have a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular events compared to men with lower levels. That is what Swedish researchers reported in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The Swedes analyzed testosterone levels in nearly 2500 men age 69 to 81 over a five-year period and found that the individuals with the highest quartile of testosterone levels were far less vulnerable than men at the lower levels. According to the University of Gothenburg researchers, the findings are important because previous reports have been inconsistent about whether there is an association between serum testosterone and cardiovascular events. The researchers were quick to say these findings do not mean that older men should rush out and get testosterone treatment or supplements to prevent heart attacks; more research was needed. Another study recently published showed that testosterone in men lowered coronary artery calcification on CT scans. As you know, testosterone also lowers the blood sugar, cholesterol, and is an excellent treatment for Metabolic Syndrome.
Because the heart and blood vessels have many testosterone receptors, it seems that the male hormone was obviously meant to serve these body parts. To be sure, testosterone, like other hormones, decreases with age, and very low levels can make you more susceptible in a Metabolic Syndrome, oxidative stress, and clotting.
Testosterone therapy has also been found to improve heart failure, angina and diabetes. If you are interested in testosterone replacement, please call the office for an appointment.