Low Testosterone and Cardiovascular Risk

Hypogonadism in men is a condition in which the body fails to produce enough of the male sex hormone testosterone, sperm, or both. Testosterone is the hormone that plays a crucial part in masculine growth and development during puberty. Testosterone is most commonly associated with sex drive, and plays a vital role in sperm production, however it also affects other parts of the body. Testosterone has an impact on bone, muscle mass, red blood cell production; affect the way fat is stored in the body; and can also affect a man’s mood.

Changes in the levels of testosterone within the body can have significant effects as well. When it comes to men with hypogonadism, low levels of testosterone can also produce a variety of symptoms in the body. According to Harvard Health Publishing, low testosterone levels have been connected to various cardiac risk factors. Low testosterone is linked to insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes. Each of these problems has been known to increase cardiovascular risk.

According to WebMD, men with high blood pressure may be almost twice as likely to have low testosterone as men with normal blood pressure. However, too much testosterone can increase blood pressure levels as well. As you can see, this can be quite a convoluted subject.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with male hypogonadism, you may benefit from participating in a research study now enrolling at South Broward Research. Qualified participants may have access to potential treatments, receive care from board-certified physicians and other medical staff, and may receive compensation for time and travel expenses. To learn more about these studies and to apply for upcoming studies CLICK HERE or call 954-433-5867.