All initially underwent arterial blood circulation testing as a measure of coronary heart well being and performance, earlier than being randomly divided into 4 teams. One group did cardio and energy train two to 3 instances per week whereas receiving testosterone remedy; a second obtained testosterone alone; a 3rd was given placebo remedy; and a fourth obtained placebo remedy with an train routine.
The group discovered that by itself, train triggered an increase in testosterone ranges, although to not the identical extent because the 62% rise in hormone ranges seen amongst males who did bear testosterone remedy.
But most critically, arterial perform shot up by 28% amongst those that exercised with out taking testosterone remedy. That bested the 19% enchancment seen amongst these exercised and took testosterone alternative remedy.
Those males who solely acquired testosterone remedy noticed no coronary heart well being enchancment in any respect. The researchers concluded that train could also be preferable over testosterone supplementation to enhance coronary heart well being in older males.
That thought was echoed by Dr. Robert Eckel, previous president of the American Heart Association and instant previous president of drugs and science with the American Diabetes Association.
“This trial was not [designed] to assess safety of testosterone,” he famous, leaving the query of whether or not taking testosterone alternative remedy would possibly truly pose a coronary heart threat unanswered.
Still, Eckel, a professor of drugs emeritus on the University of Colorado, mentioned he agrees that “in general, testosterone should not be given unless someone is hypogonadal,” referring to a situation through which the intercourse glands cease producing sufficient intercourse hormones.
As to the potential coronary heart well being advantages of train, Eckel mentioned there are “no surprises here. Exercise is beneficial… [and] should be promoted.”
Yeap and his colleagues reported their findings Feb. 22 within the journal Hypertension.
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SOURCES: Bu Yeap, MBBS, PhD, professor, medical college, University of Western Australia, and endocrinologist, division of endocrinology and diabetes, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, and president, Endocrine Society of Australia; Robert Eckel, MD, previous president, American Heart Association, instant previous president, medication and science, American Diabetes Association, and professor emeritus, medication, division of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes, and division of cardiology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Hypertension, Feb. 22, 2021