Do you have high blood pressure? Do you think it’s a normal part of aging? Maybe it’s hereditary? Are you be concerned it might be something more?
The risk for cardiovascular disease in men has a link to low and declining levels of testosterone. Low testosterone can lead to high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, and increased risk of developing blood clots as well as other cardiovascular risk factors for heart disease.
Age related decline of Testosterone contributes to a loss of flexibility in your arterial walls. This condition is known as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Your arteries loose the ability to remain open and become clogged with plaque. Atherosclerosis is a leading cause of high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. Higher testosterone levels help to prevent the progression of atherosclerosis in the arteries.
In an observational study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine followed patients given Testosterone Therapy for a 5 year period and showed improvements in total cholesterol levels. The results showed that these patients that started with higher than normal cholesterol levels had decreased “bad” cholesterol known as LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) and increased levels of “good” cholesterol known as HDL (High Density Lipoprotein). In addition, the study correlated low testosterone levels with higher body fat and specifically abdominal fat.
Buildup of plaque in the arteries is increased by low testosterone. Testosterone increases production of healthy red blood cells. Testosterone therapy can help prevent atherosclerosis and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.