Testosterone therapy is used by millions of men to treat the natural decline of testosterone in men. Testosterone, while commonly known for supporting libido, muscle mass and bone density, may also play an important role in lowering cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol and testosterone
Cholesterol has several important functions in the body. It’s an important part of the outer ‘skin’ of the cells and of the bile acids that digest food in the intestine. It also provides the starting point for making estrogen and testosterone. The cholesterol and testosterone connection takes place in the final phase of testosterone synthesis, when the luteinizing hormone (LH) triggers testicular cells to convert cholesterol into testosterone.
Low T treatment and cholesterol
Testosterone replacement therapy in men with low testosterone can be a safe, effective form of natural cholesterol control. Studies have found that testosterone does not seem to affect LDL, or bad cholesterol, however, there is ample evidence that as testosterone levels rise, cholesterol levels fall.
Benefits of Low T treatment
Studies show that for men with low testosterone treatment can decrease fat mass and increase muscle size and strength. According to research published by the Mayo Clinic, having and maintaining a healthy body fat percentage has a significant and positive effect on your good cholesterol levels.
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