Low Testosterone, More Deaths: Why is Coronavirus Hitting Men Harder than Women?

Henrietta Strickland
October 1, 2020

"In men with low levels of sex hormones who test positive for COVID-19, testosterone treatment could improve their prognosis".

Is coronavirus impacting men more? "Low testosterone is also associated with infection-related hospitalization and all-cause mortality in male in ICU patients, so testosterone treatment may also have benefits beyond improving outcomes for COVID-19", explains lead study author Selahittin Çayan, Professor of Urology, in a release.

Cayan informed, "We found Hypogonadism - a condition in which the body doesn't produce enough testosterone in - (51.1 per cent) - of the male patients..."

Half of the volunteers did not have symptoms at the time of testing or the week before, but not all of those people remained asymptomatic throughout, the study said.

The study also found people of Asian and black ethnicity are twice as likely to have the virus compared to white people.

Commenting on the results of the study, Professor Çayan added: "It could be recommended that at the time of COVID-19 diagnosis, testosterone levels are also tested". It noted that the testosterone level in the ICU patient were lower that the patients in the intermediate ICU level.

Behind the study, the University of Mersin scientists believe that the coronavirus makes men more vulnerable to the illness and could have worse symptoms by hampering their immune system.

Initially the lower testosterone levels in the Covid-19 patients were associated with poor health condition, however a new study shows that it may be viral infection that is causing the level of male sex hormone to decrease, a report in The Print said. The participants were divided into three groups: intensive care patients, asymptomatic patients, and those who needed standard hospital care. All tested positive for COVID-19 and 232 were men. Also Read - What extra precautions should heart patients take during the pandemic? The doctors from San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in Texas stated that the virus damaged the patient's spermatocytes that keep sperm healthy. The research team looked at a total of 438 patients. The fact could be comprehended behind the outcome of coronavirus in older patients.

The reported patients spent a night in the hospital prior to being discharged and prescribed painkillers and antibiotics. But they want to raise awareness about them to help other medics determine the disease at an early junction and could trigger appropriate treatment, fertility follow-up, and quarantine.

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