Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Low testosterone may cause death

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Low testosterone may lead to a greater risk of death, according to a study presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Toronto.

Men with low testosterone had a 33 percent greater death risk over their next 18 years of life compared with men who had higher testosterone, according to the study conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor and colleagues at the University of California at San Diego.

"It's very exciting and potentially a groundbreaking study," said Barrett-Connor. "But it needs to be confirmed."

Testosterone normally declines as men get older. However, a clear definition of "low" testosterone does not yet exist.

Symptoms of low testosterone depend on how low the level is. At the lowest levels, men will have hot flashes, much like those experienced by women during menopause.

Source : abcnews




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