Study: Low Testosterone linked to Alzheimer’s disease

October 7th, 2010 - 8:01 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

A team of research scientists have found that older men with lower levels of the sex hormone testosterone were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

John E. Morley, a physician and head of the St. Louis University’s geriatric medicine department stated that Low Testosterone levels could lead to the medical condition known as Alzheimer’s especially in men with low memories and other related symptoms.

The report of the study has already been printed electronically and would be published later in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The head of the research group was Leung-Wing Chu, head of geriatric medicine at the Hong Kong University’s Queen Mary Hospital.

153 locally based Chinese men who were 55 years and older were randomly chosen from social centers and they were sampled for the research. They all didn’t suffer from Dementia and 47 of them were suffering from low levels of memory losses, cognitive impairment or clear thinking.

10 men out of the cognitive impairment group all developed risks of Alzheimer’s within a 10 year period such as high levels of ApoE 4, which corresponds to higher chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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