New Research about Testosterone & Alzheimer's disease

October 15, 2015

For the past decade, researchers have been looking at what role testosterone levels play in prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies have shown that low testosterone may increase a man’s risk for developing age-related dementia. What causes this? A build up of a protein called amyloid is a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid is a protein found naturally in the human body, but when sex hormone levels drop, amyloid levels can increase to a toxic level causing damage to nerve cells, which can lead to dementia-related diseases. This may be why Alzheimer’s is more common later in life, when a man’s testosterone levels commonly decrease. You can read more testosterone and Alzheimer’s Here and Here.

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