ANCHOR LEAD: THE HORMONE TESTOSTERONE MAY EASE THE METABOLIC SYNDROME, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The metabolic syndrome describes the constellation of high blood pressure, increased body fat or elevated cholesterol, and resistance to insulin, and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease dramatically. Now researchers have reported that adding testosterone supplements to a regimen of diet and exercise may help. Arthur Burnett, a urologist at Johns Hopkins, offers his interpretation.
BURNETT: What was found that was at the end of the 52 weeks it looked as though as much as 80% of those who received the combination of diet and exercise and testosterone derived significant benefits in terms of measuring hemoglobin A1c an indicator of diabetes, and various other blood markers, insulin, adiponectin, C reactive protein, some of these other measures. So they’re actually looking not just at the clinical benefits but also some objective measures. :25
The testosterone used in this study was applied as a gel that subsequently penetrated the skin and was absorbed into the bloodstream, so patients found it easy to use. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey..