The sex hormone testosterone is an important part of daily functions. However, the body becomes less and less equipped to produce healthy levels of the hormone with age. By the time a male reaches their early to mid 30’s, the subject will begin to lose an average of one percent of their total testosterone levels each passing year.
Hypogonadism is a condition in which an individual suffers from low testosterone, also known as low t. Low t can cause a series of unfortunate symptoms that can range from hair loss to depression. Luckily, there is an answer.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a procedure, which can be completed in a variety of ways, that allows for a patient’s testosterone levels to be artificially balanced to healthy and sufficient levels. Consequently, those suffering from low t will experience mitigated symptoms concerning hypogonadism. That being said, a recent study has revealed that TRT may help in more ways than one.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease. The condition causes it to become harder and harder to breath with time. The condition is expected to become the third leading cause of death and illness by 2030. As reported by the Decan Chronicle, a recent study has revealed that testosterone replacement therapy may slow the progression of COPD.
The University of Texas Medical Branch’s Jacques Baillargeon claims, “Previous studies have suggested that testosterone replacement therapy may have a positive effect on lung function in men with COPD.”
“We found that testosterone users had a greater decrease in respiratory hospitalizations compared with non-users. Specifically, middle-aged testosterone replacement therapy users had a 4.2 percent greater decrease in respiratory hospitalizations compared with non-users and older testosterone replacement therapy users had a 9.1 percent greater decrease in respiratory hospitalizations compared with non-users.”
“The findings suggest that testosterone replacement therapy may slow the progression of disease in men with COPD.”