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15 August 2018

Hypogonadism, Muscle Weakness, and Multi-morbidity in Men

Hypogonadism, Muscle Weakness, and Multi-morbidity in Men

Hypogonadism (testosterone deficiency) is more common than previously thought, even in younger men. Men with hypogonadism – regardless of age – have a higher prevalence of muscle weakness and simultaneous occurrence of several risk factors and chronic diseases.

Considering the strong association between low testosterone and multimorbidity even in young men, it is possible that low testosterone may play a causal role in chronic disease development, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, the prevalence of which has reached epidemic proportions over the last decade. Early detection and treatment of low testosterone, particularly in younger men, could possibly slow progression, or potentially stop disease development entirely.

Last updated: 2019