US News Arterial disease: physical exercise more effective than testosterone?
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According to an Australian study published on February 22, a structured exercise program is much more effective than testosterone replacement therapy in improving arterial health in men between the ages of 50 and 70.
Is exercise the best treatment for chronic arterial disease of the lower limbs? This is in any case what ensures an Australian study published on February 22 in the medical journal Hypertension. Indeed, according to the team of researchers from the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia, a structured exercise program improves arterial health in men between the ages of 50 and 70, much more than replacement therapy. testosterone (TRT).
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Arterial health improved through sport
As reported by Santé Log, which relays the study, this work ensures that testosterone replacement therapy can work to increase or maintain muscle mass in the legs of men with chronic arterial disease, but exercise is better for arterial health in these healthy middle-aged and older men. In practice, we learn that the 12-week exercise program planned in the study significantly improved the health and function of the arteries of the 78 participants, all aged 50 to 70 years.
The volunteers, who also had low to normal testosterone levels, did not benefit from any beneficial effects for their arteries from testosterone therapy. Still, "the overall increase in testosterone usage is very significant, especially in middle aged and older men who see it as a restorative hormone that helps boost energy and vitality," explains lead author Dr Daniel J. Green, researcher in cardiovascular exercise physiology at the University of Western Australia in Perth.No effect of testosterone therapy on arterial stiffness
The study therefore reveals that adapted physical exercise is beneficial for men between 50 and 70 years old sedentary and overweight who are worried about a risk of seizure heart, stroke or diabetes. While replacement therapy increases muscle mass in the legs, it has no effect on arterial stiffness, which is a strong predictor of cardiovascular risk.
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