Association between the androgen levels and erectile function, cognitive functions and hypogonadism symptoms in aging males
Kocoglu H, Alan C, Soydan H, Ateş F, Adayener C, Eren AE, Ersay AR, Dayanc M. Aging Male. 2011 Dec;14(4):207-12.

Source

Department of Urology, Canakkale Military Hospital, Canakkale, Turkey. perkutanci@yahoo.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Aging in men is characterized by a moderate decrease in plasma testosterone (T) levels. However, the association between partial androgen deficiency of the aging male and clinical symptoms and the ideal screening test are controversial. In this study, we investigated the association between the androgen levels and erectile function, cognitive functions and hypogonadism symptoms in aging males.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

We investigated the association between total (TT), calculated free (FT) and bioavailable (BT) testosterone, and various clinical and laboratory parameters in 103 healthy males, 50-80 years old. Biochemical assessment was done after overnight fasting. Questionnaires were used to test for hypogonadism symptoms, erectile and cognitive functions.

RESULTS:

TT levels were not correlated with aging in this study. However, FT and BT were found to decrease with age due to rising sex hormone binding globulin. TT levels were strongly correlated with FT and BT levels (respectively p = 0.0001, p = 0.0001). TT, FT and BT were only correlated with cognitive functions (p = 0.012, p = 0.004, p = 0.02 respectively). There was no correlation between TT, FT and BT levels and erectile function and hypogonadism symptoms.

CONCLUSION:

T values in our study sample did not correlate with clinical signs and symptoms of hypogonadism. Thus, according to our data, symptoms in the aging male should not be indiscriminately assigned to a decrease in TT, FT or BT levels.