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Letter to the Editor

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Re: Relationship between testosterone deficiency and the cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes, and hypertension

  • Yu Seob Shin1,†
  • Ki Soo Lee2,†
  • Sung Chul Kam3

1Department of Urology, Jeonbuk National University Medical School, and Research Institute of Clinical Medicine of Jeonbuk National University-Biomedical Research Institute of Jeonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, Republic of Korea

2Department of Urology, Donga University College of Medicine, Donga University Hospital, Busan, Republic of Korea

3Department of Urology, Gyeongsang National University Medical School, and lnstitute of Health Sciences of Gyeongsang National University Jinju, Gyeongsang National University Changwon Hospital, Changwon, Republic of Korea

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.032 Vol.17,Issue 3,July 2021 pp.181-181

Submitted: 02 February 2021 Accepted: 02 March 2021

Published: 08 July 2021

*Corresponding Author(s): Sung Chul Kam E-mail: kamsungchul@hanmail.net

† These authors contributed equally.

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Abstract

Low circulating testosterone is also linked to conditions such as anemia, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease [1]. I have reviewed the study entitled ‘RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TESTOSTERONE DEFICIENCY AND THE CARDIOVASCULAR RISK FACTORS, DIABETES, AND HYPERTENSION’ published in the ‘Journal of Men’s Health’ by Park et al., and their findings and conclusions are interesting [2]. This study is one of the few studies which addresses the issue of the relationship between testosterone deficiency and cardiovascular disease in healthy men. In this study, 2242 healthy men were followed for 8 years and the incidence of hypertension or diabetes was determined [2]. Among the elderly men, the relative risk of hypertension and diabetes increased by 1.573 and 1.649 times, respectively, in the testosterone deficiency group, compared to the non-testosterone deficiency group [2]. This study would be significantly improved if the association between anemia and testosterone deficiency was assessed. Anemia is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, and can lead to cardiovascular and neurological events [3]. Despite these limitations, this study raises our awareness about the important relationship between testosterone deficiency and cardiovascular disease.

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Yu Seob Shin,Ki Soo Lee,Sung Chul Kam. Re: Relationship between testosterone deficiency and the cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes, and hypertension. Journal of Men's Health. 2021. 17(3);181-181.

References

[1] Moon DG, Kim JW, Kim JJ, Park KS, Park JK, Park NC, et al. Prevalence of symptoms and associated comorbidities of testosterone deficiency syndrome in the Korean general population. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2014; 11: 583-594.

[2] Park MH, Kim SE, Won Y. Relationship between testosterone defi-ciency and the cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes, and hypertension. Journal of Men’s Health. 2020; 16: 97-106.

[3] Denny SD, Kuchibhatla MN, Cohen HJ. Impact of anemia on mortality, cognition, and function in community-dwelling elderly. American Journal of Medicine. 2006; 119: 327-334.

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