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Compensated Hypogonadism is Not a New Clinical Entity, Researchers Say
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Compensated hypogonadism (sometimes called subclinical hypogonadism) should not be considered a new clinical entity, according to a study by Italian scientists.
Men with compensated hypogonadism have normal levels of testosterone, but higher levels of luteinizing hormone (LH).
The researchers analyzed data from over 4,100 heterosexual men with a men age of 55 years. About three quarters of them were considered eugonadal. Twenty percent had overt hypogonadism and about 4% had compensated hypogonadism.
After adjusting for confounding factors, the research team found that sexual issues were not associated with compensated hypogonadism. However, the men in the compensated hypogonadism group had more psychiatric symptoms when compared to the other men.
Men with overt and compensated hypogonadism were at higher risk for cardiovascular events than the eugonadal men.
The researchers concluded that compensated hypogonadism was a milder form of hypogonadism rather than a separate clinical entity.
The study was first published online in April in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more information.