Testosterone may protect against atherosclerosis  

cajunpet 70M
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5/17/2005 4:20 am

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Testosterone may protect against atherosclerosis

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Testosterone may protect against atherosclerosis
Mon May 16, 2005 6:53 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Contrary to the thinking in some circles, middle-aged men who maintain normal testosterone levels appear to be protected against hardening of the arteries, Finnish and UK researchers report.

Despite findings from animal studies that suggest that male hormones encourage build up of plaque in the arteries, clinical studies "have suggested that testosterone may protect elderly men from developing atherosclerosis," Dr. Olli T. Raitakari of the University of Turku told Reuters Health.

"Our findings confirm in healthy middle-aged men that normal testosterone levels are protective against atherosclerosis," the investigator said.

Raitakari and colleagues compared 99 men (average age of 58 years) whose testosterone levels had declined with 140 "controls" who had normal testosterone.

The thickness of the wall of the carotid artery in the neck was significantly higher in the men with low testosterone than that in controls, the researchers report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

They found that after taking into account age, blood pressure and other factors, the artery wall thickness increased as testosterone levels decreased.

"The evidence overall," concluded Raitakari, "is starting to show that normal testosterone levels in aging men are good for the heart. These data indicate that controlled studies are needed to study the effects of testosterone supplementation."

Journal of the American College of Cardiology, May 17, 2005.

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Ironman10Times 83M

5/17/2005 7:13 am

O K How do we find our testosterone levels? Does it vary day to day week to week or monthly for that matter Does it increase or decrease with exercise How and where does the testosterone supplementation come Is there large levels in animals and do some animals have larger than others per kilo of body weight? I suggest that testosterone does increase considerably with the amount of exercise the man does I myself virtually over- exercise compared to the rest of my age group Yet my bodily functions are virtually the same as 10 years ago I am 72 yrs old and could be a case in point I think these studys are most urgent Ironman 10Times (and hope to do another couple)

cajunpet 70M
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5/17/2005 8:38 am

Your medical doctor can order blood test to determine your testosterone levels. As we get older all our hormones begin to decrease, some faster than others. Exercise does help with improved blood flow.

I do not know how or where the testosterone supplementation come from. I am not in the medical field, I do a lot of research for myself, and to help other people have a better quality of life. Good luck.

cajunpet 70M
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5/25/2005 10:26 pm

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SeduceMyMind4Me 41M
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10/12/2005 2:05 pm

This is good to know as were are getting older.

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