High Testosterone Levels Mean Lower Heart Attack Risks

A new study revealed that elderly men with naturally high testosterone levels enjoy a lower risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack compared to their counterparts with low testosterone levels. The research was conducted on 2,400 Swedish men aged between 70 and 80.

Lead researcher Asa Tivesten of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Goteborg said, “What we can say is that elderly men with high testosterone levels are relatively protected against cardiovascular events and therefore, lower testosterone is a marker for increased cardiovascular risk.”

Of the test participants from the bottom quarter with lower testosterone, 21 percent experienced stroke, chest pains or heart attack over a five-year period. In comparison, around 16 percent of the upper quarter with high testosterone levels experienced these conditions.

Overall, men with higher testosterone levels showed a lower risk of heart disease or stroke by as much as 30 percent compared to the bottom three-quarters of the test group.

But JoAnn Manson of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston did not rule out the likelihood that something aside from lower testosterone levels could be the reason why men suffer from these risks.

“Low testosterone may be a marker of other health conditions that put men at higher risk of cardiovascular disease,” Ms. Manson hypothesized.

Logically, having higher testosterone levels can be good for the heart because that would mean more lean muscle with less body fat.

With this outcome, Ms. Manson cautions that men should not rush into boosting their testosterone right away. “There are many unanswered questions and I don't think this means that men should be trying to boost their testosterone with testosterone replacement therapy.”