Men with low testosterone at greater risk of dying from coronavirus: study

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May 14, 2020 - 1:04 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A new study has found that men with lower levels of testosterone are at higher risk of succumbing to COVID-19 if they contract it, according to a report. 

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    The study, which was conducted at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, tracked the first 45 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital’s ICU, 35 of whom were men, the Science Times reported.

    More than 68 percent of the male patients had low levels of testosterone, while “the majority of female patients had elevated testosterone levels,” according to the Science Times. Nine of the men and three of the women the study tracked ended up passing away. 

    “(Testosterone) is known to aid in controlling the body’s immune response,” the outlet reported. “However, when a man has low levels of testosterone, the immune system is not at its best and can lead to further damage when contracting an infection.” 

    The New York Post reported that the study “has not yet been peer-reviewed.”

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