Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.


Testosterone and Heart Disease

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 04:35 PM EST

Question: Is there a connection between low testosterone and heart disease?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

The benefits of replacement doses of testosterone are truly amazing and include improvement regarding osteoporosis, libido, and diabetes. But perhaps the most stunning evidence for the use of natural testosterone is in treating coronary artery disease — the No.1 killer in the United States.

Many millions of dollars are spent in this country treating heart disease with high-tech procedures like bypass surgery and balloon angioplasty, neither of which addresses the underlying problems. I believe one of the main components of coronary artery disease is a hormonal imbalance.

This hormonal imbalance often includes low testosterone production as well as hypothyroidism. I have yet to see a severe coronary artery disease patient who did not have a significantly depressed testosterone level. Nor have I seen a cardiologist check levels of testosterone in such a patient.

There are numerous studies linking atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease to low testosterone levels. A Danish physician found that 83 percent of patients saw their cholesterol levels fall significantly while taking testosterone. On average, cholesterol fell 74 percent after treatment.

Several studies document the association between low testosterone levels and high levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, both of which are thought to promote atherosclerosis.

Through the use of natural hormones, like natural testosterone, I have seen a lowering of cholesterol levels and an improvement in the symptoms of coronary artery disease.

I believe that anyone who suffers from coronary artery disease should have their testosterone level checked just as quickly as their cholesterol level. Many times coronary artery disease will improve when low testosterone levels are adequately treated.

© HealthDay

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 04:35 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
Find Your Condition
Get Newsmax Text Alerts

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved