For this latest study, the researchers evaluated the effects of testosterone administration in 34 elderly female patients, average age of 77, with advanced heart failure.
Eighteen of the women were selected to receive testosterone through a transdermal patch, while the remaining 16 women were assigned to placebo.
After six months of treatment, brachial artery flow mediated dilation, a known marker of vascular damage, significantly improved in the testosterone group.
Women treated with testosterone showed improvements in a six-minute walking test compared with women on the placebo.
Additionally, women who took testosterone reported being happier in terms of physical, emotional and social wellbeing than women in the control group.
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