COVID-19 Severity in Men Connected to Testosterone Levels

A new study, conducted by researchers from the University of Mersin, Turkey, suggests that COVID-19 saps men’s testosterone and makes them more susceptible to serious illness.COVID-19 Severity in Men Connected to Testosterone Levels

For the study, a team of scientists analyzed levels of the sex hormone in 200 men who were tested positive for the novel coronavirus and were admitted to the hospital.

The analysis showed that 51% of men developed hypogonadism, a condition of not producing enough testosterone. Scientists believe that there is a direct correlation between severe illness and lower levels of testosterone.

Lead author Professor Selahittin Çayan, a urologist at the university, said: “In our study, the mean total testosterone decreased, as the severity of the Covid-19 increased. Testosterone is associated with the immune system of respiratory organs, and low levels of testosterone might increase the risk of respiratory infections.”

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