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Is low testosterone linked to heart disease?

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Testosterone has mixed effects on the arteries. Many experts believe testosterone contributes to the higher rates of heart disease and high blood pressure that tend to affect men at younger ages. By this reasoning, high testosterone might be bad for the heart.

But testosterone deficiency is connected to insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes. Each of these problems increases cardiovascular risk. Men with diabetes and low testosterone also have higher rates of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

From: Low Testosterone and Your Health WebMD Medical Reference

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Mulligan, T. , 2006; vol 60: pp 762-769. International Journal of Clinical Practice

WebMD Health News: "Low Testosterone Tied to Poor Health."

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Medscape: "Low Testosterone Levels Linked With Higher Risk for Depression."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Atherosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction."

Grossmann, M. , 2008; vol 93: pp 1834-40. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Kapoor, D. , 2008; vol 25: pp 357-69. Drugs & Aging

Kupelian, V. , 2006; vol 91: pp 843-50. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Spark, R. , 2007; vol 8: pp 467-471. Current Urology Reports

Fukui, M. , 2007; vol 3: pp 25-31. Current Diabetes Reviews

Fukui, M. , 2003; vol 26: pp 1869-1873. Diabetes Care

Bhasin, S. , 2003; vol 26: pp 1929-1931. Diabetes Care

Grundy, S. , 2004; vol 109: pp 433-438. Circulation

Bhasin, S. , 2006; vol 91: pp 1995-2010. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Mulligan, T. , 2006; vol 60: pp 762-769. International Journal of Clinical Practice

WebMD Health News: "Low Testosterone Tied to Poor Health."

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Medscape: "Low Testosterone Levels Linked With Higher Risk for Depression."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Atherosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction."

Grossmann, M. , 2008; vol 93: pp 1834-40. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Kapoor, D. , 2008; vol 25: pp 357-69. Drugs & Aging

Kupelian, V. , 2006; vol 91: pp 843-50. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Spark, R. , 2007; vol 8: pp 467-471. Current Urology Reports

Fukui, M. , 2007; vol 3: pp 25-31. Current Diabetes Reviews

Fukui, M. , 2003; vol 26: pp 1869-1873. Diabetes Care

Bhasin, S. , 2003; vol 26: pp 1929-1931. Diabetes Care

Grundy, S. , 2004; vol 109: pp 433-438. Circulation

Bhasin, S. , 2006; vol 91: pp 1995-2010. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

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