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Rev Urol. 2015;17(4):226-30.

Can Serum Testosterone Be Used as a Marker of Overall Health?

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1
Department of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
2
Department of Urology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.

Abstract

Low serum testosterone has been associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and atherosclerosis. Individuals with these comorbidities are at increased risk of premature death and other adverse health effects. Clinical data portend low testosterone as a risk factor for developing these conditions which are supported by the hypogonadal-obesity-adipocytokine hypothesis. The authors support comprehensive evaluation for these comorbid conditions in men found to have low serum testosterone.

KEYWORDS:

Aging male; Androgen deficiency; Cardiovascular disease; Comorbidities; Diabetes

PMID:
26839520
PMCID:
PMC4735669

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