In 2011, data from the population-based Study of Health in Pomerania, Germany, were used to determine if there was a relationship between testosterone levels and blood pressure. Testosterone levels were measured in male participants of the study and the range of levels was divided into fourths (called quartiles) giving 4 groupings – high to low. The men in the group with the lowest blood levels of testosterone at the beginning of the study had a greater risk of either already having high blood pressure or developing it over the next 5 years when compared to the group of men with the highest testosterone levels. High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for heart disease. The conclusion of the study: “These results show that low male TT [total testosterone] concentrations are predictive of hypertension, suggesting TT as a potential biomarker of increased cardiovascular risk.”
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