Testosterone and Alzheimer’s – Uncovering the Connection
We’re all familiar with the term ‘testosterone’, but what does it have to do with Alzheimer’s Disease? It turns out that there may be a link between the two. In this blog post, we’ll explore the potential connection between testosterone and Alzheimer’s Disease and what you should know about it. Let’s dive in!
Testosterone is a hormone that plays an important role in male physiology. It helps regulate bone density, muscle mass, fat distribution, red blood cell production, sex drive, fertility, and more. The amount of testosterone produced by men often peaks in their twenties and then gradually declines as they age. This decrease in testosterone is one of the major factors contributing to age-related changes in men.
Recent research has also suggested that there may be a link between lower levels of testosterone and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). In one study, men over 65 with lower levels of total testosterone were found to have an increased risk for AD compared to those with higher levels of testosterone. Other studies have found similar results when looking at free (unbound) testosterone levels rather than total levels.
Research shows that low levels of testosterone may be associated with an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease. While further research needs to be done to confirm this association, there are several steps you can take now to reduce your risk for AD or slow its progression if you are already diagnosed. Exercise has been shown to increase circulating levels of testosterone as well as improve cognitive function in those affected by AD. Additionally, following a healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help protect against cognitive decline associated with AD.
In sum, recent evidence suggests that there may be a connection between lower levels of testosterone and an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Though additional research needs to be conducted before any definitive conclusions can be made on this topic, taking proactive steps such as exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet can reduce your risk for AD or slow its progression if you are already diagnosed with it. If you think you might benefit from increasing your level of physical activity or changing up your diet habits, talk to your physician today!