Low-T Strongly Associated with Various Co-Morbid Medical Conditions

Written by Dr. White, Published on May 2nd, 2018

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Recently published research released in Scientific Reports offers substantial evidence that Low Testosterone Levels in Men increase the incidence of a variety of chronic health conditions which not only decrease the quality of life but increase mortality risk.

Though every person’s physiology reacts differently to diminished Testosterone Levels, it is evident when looking at the body of evidence that Testosterone Deficiency has a strong correlation with many health disorders. Over the last fifty years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity, mostly because of the combination of over-eating and more sedentary lifestyle.

While Testosterone Deficiency has an unavoidable age-related component, other factors are lifestyle-related and can be changed to improve Testosterone Levels. Men that lose weight and get more active almost inevitably see an increase in Serum Testosterone Levels.

Correlation Between Testosterone Levels and Obesity are Well-Known

Researchers have powerfully demonstrated the relationship of age with Testosterone Production as well as the association of Obesity with Testosterone. There is also a clinically recognized “Normal Range” for Testosterone. What is not so readily apparent is the ideal Testosterone Level at any given age. That is a question that medical scientists are beginning to tackle today. Furthermore, the association between Testosterone Levels and Chronic Health Risk as a factor of age has not been studied in depth.

Another issue with recent Testosterone Studies is that most studies select the healthiest participants with Low Testosterone Levels. This allows us to see more clearly what Testosterone does for more youthful individuals, but we must also ask how Testosterone impacts the lives of patients that have more mitigating and co-morbid factors.

Healthy Testosterone Levels Strongly Associated with Better Long-Term Health Outcomes

This recent study, authored by Dr. Mark Peterson, utilizes more representative population samples to give us more insight into the effects of Testosterone on more vulnerable populations. Dr. Peterson explains that many men are inevitably unaware of the impact that their lifestyle choices have on their Testosterone Levels. He feels that it is essential to understand the effects of Low-T on at-risk groups, to both help these men understand how their decisions are affecting their short-term and long-term health.

Also, he feels that this information is vital for the medical community and members of the health sciences because it could explain the complicated relationship that Low-T has on the problematic decline in wellness that has taken place over the course of the last generation.

How is Low-T Related to Other Chronic Conditions?

Dr. Peterson and his associates utilized data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine his results. This study involved 2,399 men over 20 years of age, 2,161 of which provided the information that Dr. Peterson was looking for — a combination of Demographic factors, Total Testosterone Levels, underlying Chronic Health Conditions, grip strength, and information regarding risk factors for Cardiometabolic Disease.

For Dr. Peterson’s analysis, he examined the relationship between 9 chronic health conditions with Testosterone Deficiency, such as asthma, high cholesterol, clinical depression, stroke, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Peterson was concerned with the correlation between these diseases and multimorbid Testosterone Deficiency. He divided all patients into three groups, dependent on age. Dr. Peterson further split these groups based on whether they displayed clinically low levels of Testosterone. He found that all nine of the conditions he was concerned with had a suppressive impact on Testosterone Levels. The results also showed that older and younger men were more likely to experience multimorbidity than middle-aged men.

Dr. Peterson also analyzed subject’s Testosterone Levels in association with their peer group irrespective of Clinical Testosterone Deficiency. After correcting for muscle strength and obesity, he found that the nine chronic conditions that he examined led to lower Testosterone Levels. He feels that individuals should be concerned about their Testosterone Levels at all ages, not just when those levels reach a clinically diagnosable degree of deficiency.

This study is essential, but it also demonstrates the need for further research to be conducted. This analysis was broad, and new research could elucidate the relationship between Testosterone Deficiency and each of these co-morbid factors more clearly.

Dr. Peterson and his co-author, Dr. Belakovskiy, feel that the results of this study should encourage all doctors to care more about the Testosterone Levels of their patients. It’s important to recognize that Testosterone Levels are negatively impacted by a variety of diseases and that by measuring Testosterone Levels, doctors could be alerted to other underlying health issues. On the other hand, in some cases, Testosterone Replacement Therapy may have a positive effect on the health of the patient while also diminishing the risks associated with certain chronic medical conditions.

Could Testosterone Deficiency be Affecting Your Wellness?

At our Licensed Hormone Clinic, we are acutely aware of the importance of Testosterone for your overall health. We offer a variety of tests to determine your health needs and how they are related to your Testosterone Levels. We work with Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp to thoroughly evaluate your medical needs. Our Comprehensive Metabolic Panel not only assesses your Testosterone Levels, but Cholesterol, Thyroid, and Human Growth Hormone Levels. We can improve your vitality by designing a specialized HRT Plan to improve your wellness and quality of life! Contact us today for a free evaluation!

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