We all know that hormone levels in our bodies change as we age. What may come as a surprise, however, is that those fluctuations could provide clues about our long-term health. A recent study has found that men with higher levels of a certain hormone in their youth are more likely to live longer than those with lower levels.
The hormone in question is adrenal androgens, which are responsible for masculinization during puberty. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California, looked at data from over 1,700 men who participated in the longitudinal Rancho Bernardo Study.
What they found was that those with higher levels of adrenal androgens in their youth were more likely to reach the age of 85 without developing any major chronic diseases. The link held even after taking into account other factors such as lifestyle and family history.
So what does this mean for the average man? Well, it’s still too early to say for sure. But the findings suggest that there may be a relationship between hormones and long-term health, which could have implications for how we treat and prevent age-related diseases.
Of course, more research is needed to confirm the results of this study and to understand exactly how adrenal androgens might influence health. But in the meantime, it’s certainly food for thought – and yet another reason to take care of your hormones as you age.
Scientists have discovered a hormone in men that could be a predictor of long-term health. The hormone, named “follicle stimulating hormone” (FSH), is produced by the testes and helps to regulate the production of sperm. Scientists believe that high levels of FSH could be a marker for poor health in later life, as it may indicate a decreased ability to produce sperm. The findings, published in the journal Nature, could help to identify men at risk of poor health and advise them on lifestyle choices that could improve their health.