TUESDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Low testosterone levels put men at high risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and early death, but testosterone replacement therapy may help better the odds, according to new studies.
Some experts believe that low testosterone levels, which become more common with age, are linked to several health conditions. These include loss of bone and muscle mass, depression, decreased libido, and, most important, the metabolic syndrome -- a cluster risk factors that increase the chances of developing heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
The studies, all of which were expected to be presented at The Endocrine Society's annual meeting, in San Francisco, suggest that therapy to raise testosterone back to normal levels may have several positive effects.
One study showed that testosterone treatment significantly reduced abdominal fat, total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, triglycerides and body mass index (a measure of body fat). It also helped raise HDL ("good") cholesterol.