A recent study conducted in Argentina found that men who have low testosterone levels — along with type 2 diabetes — have an increased risk of developing heart disease compared to diabetics with normal testosterone levels.
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What’s the Problem?
Researchers at Universitario Sanatorio Guemes Hospital in Argentina identified a link between low concentrations of testosterone and atherosclerosis-related plaques. Atherosclerosis is a cardiovascular disease that occurs when artery walls thicken because of a buildup of white blood cells. When cholesterol, fats and other substances accumulate along the walls of the arteries, blood flow is reduced. This plaque buildup can also burst and cause a blood clot.
“The results of our study advance our understanding of the interplay between low testosterone and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes,” said Javier Mauricio Farias, MD, one of the authors of the study.
The study involved 115 men with type 2 diabetes under the age of 70 who had no pre-existing heart problems. Results indicated that men who have both type 2 diabetes and low testosterone were more likely to have endothelial dysfunction, and the thickening of their carotid artery is 6x higher than in men who have normal testosterone levels.
Previous studies have raised concerns about the safety of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and its effects on the cardiovascular system. There has been a significant increase in the number of men receiving testosterone therapy over the past decade.
Farias said additional research needs to be conducted in order to determine for certain if testosterone levels affect the development of atherosclerosis. “This study is a stepping stone to better understanding the risks of cardiovascular events in men who have both low testosterone and Type 2 diabetes,” he said.
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