|hepatitis and testosterone
Jul 1, 2002
What is the relationship between viral hepatitis/liver disease and reduced testosterone levels? What causes these hormone levels to go down, and in the event of reduced testosterone due to liver diseae, what other endocrinological markers might be present, (not including viral/antibody tests themselves). Thanks for consult.
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
Good question. In general, hepatitis itself does not cause lower testosterone levels, although, HIV does. However if hepatitis becomes severe and causes cirrhosis, testosterone levels decline and estrogen levels go up. The liver metabolizes estrogen and all men produce some estrogen. When the liver is cirrhotic that does not happen and estrogen levels build up causing gynecomastia(breasts) changes in pubic hair, testicular atrophy, and of course reduction in muscle mass and libido. I often supplement testosterone in the severe liver disease patient, it is reasonably safe for the liver. DTD
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