Testosterone for Healthy Heart
It’s undeniable that there’s an association between men with Type 2 diabetes, obesity, hardening of the arteries, and metabolic syndrome and low levels of testosterone.
It’s also undeniable that heart attacks increases in aging men, which is when testosterone levels decline. That itself makes you question if high testosterone plays a role.
TRT(Testosterone Therapy) has shown to be an effective treatment to improve metabolic control in several studies.
Likewise, TRT has also shown restore “glucometabolic” control in patients with Type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of mortality from this common disease.
The conclusion, after looking at all the research, was that “low T levels are associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.
Testosterone and Obesity
Obesity is an undeniable risk factor for the development of CVD(cardiovascular disease), but the relationship between testosterone and obesity is a bit tricky.
Studies show increased obesity leads to decreased levels of testosterone, but these decreased levels of testosterone, in turn, lead to increased levels of fatness.
Studies show that TRT decreases visceral fat and body fat while improving BMI and waist size while increasing lean mass. This dramatically reduces the risk of CVD.
Testosterone and Hardening of the Arteries (Atherosclerosis)
It’s no brainer the internal plumbing of your cardiovascular system should remain free of clogs, and that’s essentially what atherosclerosis is. Lipids and a type of white blood cells accumulate inside the vessels, causing the vessels to lose elasticity and, in some cases, form blockages.
Doctors measure the progression of atherosclerosis by measuring something called intima-media thickness (IMT). An outstanding number of studies have shown that there’s an inverse relationship between testosterone levels and carotid IMT.
In layman’s term, the lower a man’s level of testosterone, the more likely it is that his IMT is high. Low testosterone often equals more clogged-up arteries.
High levels of testosterone protect arteries from developing atherosclerosis.
Testosterone and Too Much Fat in the Blood (Dyslipidemia)
Cholesterol is still considered to be one of the main risk factors for developing CVD. Several studies however, found a connection between low levels of T and high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), total cholesterol, triglycerides, and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
TRT, though, has been shown to decrease the “bad” cholesterol (LDL), total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Also, TRT increases “good” cholesterol (HDL), but a couple of other studies showed a slight decrease, while another showed no change at all.
Overall, though, TRT seems to help create a more favorable lipid profile, showing potential decrease in CVD.
Testosterone and Blood Pressure
The factors that influence blood pressure are pretty complex. It’s essentially the relationship between the physical output of the heart and the resistance it meets through the vascular system.
In short, Testosterone is overall good for the heart. So up your testes and toughen your heart.