Many people know that low testosterone levels can affect sex drive, but don’t realize that testosterone is also vital to heart health. Yet, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism once again confirms this important low testosterone side effect.
For this study, researchers at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium delved into numerous studies on testosterone and causes of coronary artery disease from 1970-2013. In their analysis, they weren’t able to conclude that low testosterone side effects would lead to a heart attack—but there was a definite link between low testosterone and coronary artery disease.
These low testosterone side effect findings make perfect sense in light of what we know about the heart. There are many testosterone receptor sites in the heart and blood vessels, which means nature intended for this male hormone to serve these organs. But as men pass the age of 50, the level of testosterone production falls 1 percent to 2 percent each year—making declining hormones a real heart health concern.
A very low testosterone level can predispose a man to metabolic syndrome and make it more difficult for him to fight off oxidative stress and clots in his circulatory system. There is also good data to show that testosterone therapy can improve heart failure, angina and type 2 diabetes.
Low Testosterone Side Effects
Low testosterone side effects can include fatigue, a loss of libido, weight gain and/or depression. But the best way to know if your levels have dipped is to have it tested.
Because mean testosterone levels fluctuate (they may be 700 ng/dL at 8 a.m., then drop to 425 ng/dL at 10 p.m.), have your blood drawn at least twice over a two-week period, at different times of day. The test provides a baseline, which is important if you plan to go with testosterone patches/injections.
If you find that your testosterone levels are low, here’s what I recommend.
Now it’s your turn: Have you had your testosterone levels tested?
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