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The Relationship Between Testosterone Levels and Dementia

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In the past, testosterone replacement therapy has been controversial amongst the medical world due to concerns about cardiovascular risk and prostate cancer. However, due to further and more extensive research, medical opinions have changed. Hundreds of more recent studies have shown higher levels of testosterone have a positive benefit and may prevent dementia!

Go to https://scholar.google.com/ and type in the terms “Testosterone Dementia” and see the hundreds of scholarly articles like this one, basically all saying that people with higher levels of testosterone were found to have a lower risk of developing dementia.

The “danger” one hears regarding testosterone therapy and health risk is most often due to improper management and monitoring of estrogen conversion and blood cell counts. With a competent and thorough medical provider who monitors closely, patients do not need to worry about this.

To date, there is NO epidemiological or pathophysiological evidence to show that a hyper-androgenic state or androgen replacement is associated with cardiovascular disease in either sex. In fact, studies have shown that women with low testosterone levels do not fare any better than men when it comes to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

How does testosterone help reduce dementia? This is still being investigated. Clinical studies have suggested that testosterone supplementation in aging men and women has a positive effect on cholesterol/lipids. Additional potential protective effects of testosterone may be related to its effect on endothelial function and vasomotor tone (blood vessels and blood pressure). And testosterone will increase muscle strength without exercise, and with exercise, it will increase it even more.

In conclusion, there are no risks to properly administered and monitored testosterone therapy in both men and women.

So, if you’re suffering memory loss and not optimizing your levels, you may want to give us a shout! Give us a call at (828) 210-2285 or visit our website today! 

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