Low Testosterone Could Lead To Heart Disease If You Are Diabetic
A recent study carried out in Argentina has highlighted a direct link between low testosterone and increased risk of heart disease especially in men suffering with low testosterone
The study – carried out at the Hospital Universitario Sanatorio Guemes in Argentina looked at 115 men all aged below 70, who had type 2 diabetes but with no previous history of heart problems
The scientists studied the serum testosterone levels of all the test subjects, and it was revealed that men with low testosterone readings were up to SIX TIMES more likely to develop thickening of the carotid artery along with endothelium dysfunction – both precursors to heart disease.
The studies author – Javier Mauricio Farias told us :
“Our study indicates a strong association between low testosterone concentration and the severity of atherosclerotic plaques as well as other key atherosclerotic markers in middle-aged men with Type 2 diabetes.
The results of our study advance our understanding of the interplay between low testosterone and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes,”
Low testosterone levels in men with diabetes can cause plaques to build up in the arteries.. these plaques, which are mainly made up of fat and cholesterol can cause the arteries to become blocked… this is known as atherosclerosis and can be the main cause of cardiac arrest and potential death if left untreated.
He continued – “ we still need further research to determine wether testosterone is directly responsible for the development of problems such as atherosclerosis or if it is simply an indication of advanced disease..”
The findings of this study were published in the JCEM (Journal Of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.