Testosterone is very beneficial to your health and new studies suggest that you may even live longer if you don’t have “Low-T”. One recent study found that low testosterone levels be actually be harmful and even deadly. Moreover, having more testosterone appears to help you live longer and with better quality of life. These researchers revealed findings that not having enough testosterone can be deadly for your heart.
In the October edition of a highly respected clinical journal on metabolism, these researchers evaluated around 4,000 thousand people and followed them for over five years. Their conclusion was that people who had the least free testosterone were 71% more likely to die from heart disease than those who had the most.1
This confirms other studies, such as by the prestigious journal Nature, that showed that people with heart disease have significantly lower testosterone than healthy people.2 Low testosterone does not cause heart disease, but letting your testosterone levels drop as you get older appears to be a disastrous for your heart.
The take home message from these studies is that testosterone can improve your health. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women, and if we can reduce the risk of developing this debilitating problem, we can potentially help you live longer and better.
If you have low testosterone levels, does raising testosterone make the risk of having a heart attack go away? Researchers in another study sought answers to this question. They studied testosterone’s effects on animals. They evaluated five groups of animals. In four of the groups, they stopped the animals’ ability to make testosterone, leaving one group with normal testosterone. They then induced heart disease in all the animals by feeding them a diet that gives humans heart disease.
In the four groups who could not produce testosterone, two got testosterone, one got a nutrient that raises testosterone naturally, and the other got a placebo. The results were shocking. The animals that got only a placebo and did not receive testosterone developed heart disease. In the other groups who had testosterone, heart disease protection was noted.3
Other studies that had evaluated raising testosterone levels also revealed evidence that raising low testosterone levels improved heart health.4
Testosterone works its magic on your heart in several different ways. It helps prevent internal blood clotting,5 increases blood flow to the heart6 and gives you better endothelial function,7 which can help improve your blood pressure. In addition it can increase HDL cholesterol levels8 , which has always been a proven benefit to decrease heart disease.
In addition to the heart benefits of higher testosterone levels, it can also help improve your quality of life. It does multiple actions to accomplish this. With more normal levels, you’ll enjoy:
- an increase of muscle strength, power and tone
- a decrease in body fat, which can help you lose weight
- an increase in insulin sensitivity , which can lower your blood sugar and potentially decrease your risk of developing diabetes
- an increase in endurance, energy and mobility
- a greater sense of well-being (you “feel” better)
- an improved mood and emotions
- denser bones and less chance of osteoporosis
- an increase is sexual potency
- an improved mental function and focu
There are several methods available to raise your testosterone. Testosterone pellets, creams, gels, and injections can all do this. The best method for you depends on a variety of factors that should be discussed with your physician. In addition, a knowledgeable physician who prescribes this hormone should also discuss with you the potential risks associated with its use.
If you want to potentially live longer with better quality of life, look in to making sure your testosterone levels are pushed to normal ranges as you grow older. If you’re found to have “Low T”, consider getting your testosterone levels boosted through a physician specializing in anti-aging medicine and begin testosterone supplementation before you develop heart disease naturally.
1 Hyde, Z. et. al. “Low Free Testosterone Predicts Mortality…” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. October 19, 2011 jc.2011-1617.
2 “Low testosterone levels are associated with CVD risk.” Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2011 Oct 21;7(11):632.
3 Alexandersen, P. , Haarbo, J., Byrjalsen, I., Lawaetz, H., Christiansen, C. “Natural Androgens Inhibit Male Atherosclerosis.” Circulation Research. 1999; 84: 813-819.
4 Cunningham, G., Toma, S. “Why Is Androgen Replacement in Males Controversial?.” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism January 1, 2011 vol. 96 no. 1, 38-52.
5 Ajayi AA. “Testosterone increases platelet thromboxane A2 receptor density.” Circulation. 1995. 91:2740-2747.
6 Webb CM, McNeill JG, Hayward CS, Zeegler D, Collins P. “Effect of testosterone on coronary vasomotor regulation in men with coronary heart disease.” Circulation. 1999. 100:1690-1693.
7 Ong PSL, Patrizi G, Chong WCF, Webb CM, Haywar’d CS, Collins P. “Testosterone enhances flow mediated brachial artery reactivity in men with coronary artery disease.” Am J Cardiol. 2000. 85:14-17.
8 Vermeulen, A. “Androgen Replacement Therapy in the Aging Male “” A Critical Evaluation.” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism June 1, 2001 vol. 86 no. 6 2380-2390