Low testosterone links to severe Covid risk in menDate: 28 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
A new study has provided evidence that has linked low level of testosterone hormone to severe covid-19 risks in men.
Scientists have been trying to find the reasons for high death risk for men with covid-19 in comparison to women. Many such studies have indicated hormonal difference.
Earlier studies had stated that high testosterone was the reason for more risk of severe Covid to men in comparison to women.
The study could not find any relation between levels of testosterone and severity of Covid-19. This was however true for men.
Men with low levels of testosterone had the highest risk of being admitted on ventilator. This required intensive care or they passed away.
Scientists also used estrogen and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) during their course of study but could not establish relationship with severity.
Researchers consider race, Body Mass Index, smoking and comorbities as a contributing factor for low testosterone in males.
They have not been able to ascertain whether testosterone levels dropped due to Covid-19 or severity of Covid-19 increased due to lower levels of the hormone.
Testosterone is a hormone produced by human body, especially males in their testicles. Its functions include building sperm production, increasing sexual drive as well as sexual growth and body appearance.