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Is metabolic syndrome linked to low testosterone?

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Metabolic syndrome is the name for a condition that includes the presence of abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, waistline obesity, and high blood sugar. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Studies show that men with low testosterone are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome. In short-term studies, testosterone replacement improved blood sugar levels and obesity in men with low testosterone. However, testosterone therapy increases the risk of heart disease, so it is NOT used to treat metabolic syndrome.

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

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration: "Testosterone Information."

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

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: "Testosterone Information."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

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