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Relation of total and free testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin with cardiovascular risk factors in men aged 24–45 years. The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study

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Firtser, S and Juonala, M and Magnussen, CG and Jula, A and Loo, B-M and Marniemi, J and Viikari, JSA and Toppari, J and Perheentupa, A and Hutri-Kahonen, N and Raitakari, OT, Relation of total and free testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin with cardiovascular risk factors in men aged 24-45 years. The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, Atherosclerosis, 222, (1) pp. 257-262. ISSN 0021-9150 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2012.02.020

Abstract

Background: Total and free testosterone decrease gradually in men with advancing age but it is not completely known how lower levels of testosterone are related with various cardiovascular risk factors. We studied the levels of total testosterone, calculated free testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and their relations with cardiovascular risk factors in young Finnish men.

Methods: The study cohort consisted of 24–45-year-old men participating the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study in the follow-up surveys performed in 2001 (N = 1024) and 2007 (N = 991). Levels of total testosterone, SHBG, lipids, glucose, insulin, blood pressure and anthropometric factors were measured and free testosterone was calculated.

Results: In multivariable analyses adjusted for age, body mass index and life-style factors (alcohol consumption, smoking and physical activity), total and calculated free testosterone were inversely correlated with triglycerides (both P < 0.0001), insulin (P = 0.0004 and P = 0.01), systolic blood pressure (PP = 0.007 and P = 0.01), and directly with high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (P < 0.0001 and P = 0.003). SHBG was inversely correlated with triglycerides and insulin, and directly with HDL-cholesterol (all P < 0.001). In longitudinal analyses, lower levels of testosterone and SHBG were associated with higher levels of triglycerides and insulin six years later (all P < 0.01). Baseline level of SHBG was directly associated with HDL-cholesterol (P < 0.0001).

Conclusion: In young and middle-aged men, higher levels of testosterone and SHBG are associated with favourable cardiovascular risk profile characterized by lower levels of triglycerides, insulin and systolic blood pressure, and higher levels of HDL-cholesterol.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:total testosterone, calculated free testosterone, SHBG, cardiovascular risk factors
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Author:Magnussen, CG (Dr Costan Magnussen)
ID Code:77516
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2012-04-24
Last Modified:2015-08-06
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