Low Levels Of Testosterone Associated With Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Reveals

October 7th, 2010 - 8:07 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
low-testosterone-levelsOct 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The levels of testosterone has a role to play in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study has divulged. The research that was conducted by scientists at the Saint Louis University highlighted that men with lower levels of the hormone testosterone have higher chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease in comparison to those whose who have normal levels of the hormone.

In order to carry out the research, an estimated 153 Chinese men above the age group of 55 were taken into consideration for a time period of ten years to understand the link between the the male hormone and Alzheimer’s disease. In a press release that was issued by Dr. John E. Morley, who is the director of the geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University and the lead author of the study, it was emphasized that the conclusions of the study indicate that more attention should be payed to the levels of testosterone in men particularly among those who suffer from memory problems and other kinds of cognitive impairments. At the same time, the researcher also pointed out that the findings of the study are a precursor to undertake extensive study to understand whether testosterone replacement therapy can be used as a tool to ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that damages brain cells which results in memory loss while also causing certain life-threatening problems with the person’s thinking ability as well as behavior. An estimated 5.1 million elderly men in the United States suffer from the condition and Alzheimer’s disease is also known to be the seventh cause of death in the country.

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