Experts have claimed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus reduces the testosterone level in men and weakens their immune system. This makes them more susceptible to severe infection. The study has found that it decreases men’s sex drive as well. The study has included 200 men from Turkey who have been diagnosed with COVID19 infection. Experts have observed their testosterone hormone during the study. They have found that more than half (51 percent) of the participants have been diagnosed with a condition known as Hypogonadism. In this condition, the body of a man fails to produce sufficient testosterone. Scientists have found that on average participants’ testosterone levels have been drained out by 30 percent to unhealthy levels. They have said that there is a direct link between severe COVID19 and reduced testosterone levels in men.
Two-thirds of men who have not shown any symptoms of the virus as well have complained of lower sex drive, which is a symptom of lower levels of testosterone. As per the report, testosterone controls the immune response and helps the immune system to fight against viral or bacterial infection. Experts have revealed that a lower level of testosterone is linked to inflammation, heart issues, and high blood pressure as well. People who have reduced testosterone levels are more likely to die due to flu infection. This study has been done by scientists from the University of Mersin. They claim that the SARS-CoV-2 virus makes men more vulnerable to its severe complications by targeting their immune system.
Experts have divided the participants into two groups. The first group has included patients who have been admitted to the intensive care unit and have been asymptomatic. Patients who have been given standard hospital care have been kept in the second group. Around 113 participants out of 232 participants have been found to have lower levels of testosterone. Only 24 patients have been able to produce their pre-COVID19 testosterone reports during the study. However, the report has shown that there has been a significant decline in levels of testosterone among such patients as well. The lead author of the study Dr. Selahittin Cayan has said that the mean total of testosterone keeps going down as the infection becomes more severe. A low level of testosterone is linked with the risk of death among male ICU patients. The mean total of testosterone levels has been lesser in ICU patients than asymptomatic patients. Experts have advised healthcare providers to check for testosterone levels of male patients with COVID19 infection at the time of hospitalization.