Testosterone Therapy Could Be a Potential Approach For Treatment of Elderly Male COVID-19 Patients- A Review

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  • MR Gofur Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi-6205, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jbs.v29i0.54833

Keywords:

COVID-19, Cytokine storm, Elderly male, SARS-CoV-2, Testosterone therapy

Abstract

The emerging SARS-CoV-2 (2019-nCoV) is still following the increasing trend of infection worldwide with an elderly male predominance. Studies reported that majority of male patients with COVID-19 suffer from severe testosterone deficiency and are likely to die from the coronavirus mainly due to a less effective immune response and high level of pro-inflammatory cytokines, a condition called cytokine storm. Testosterone (a steroid having protective anti-inflammatory properties) therapy reduces circulating levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Testosterone therapy is effective in the management of elderly Alzheimer's disease where pro-inflammatory cytokines are the potent mediators of inflammatory processes, and aged men having HIV infection. As, currently there is no specific therapeutic drug targeting the SARS-CoV-2, and, considering the present pandemic circumstance, and the immunomodulatory and protective findings of testosterone therapy in previous studies, it can be hypothesized that testosterone therapy could be a potential approach for treatment of elderly male COVID-19 patients.

J. Bio-Sci. 29(1): 181-187, 2021 (June)

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2021-07-11

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Gofur, M. . (2021). Testosterone Therapy Could Be a Potential Approach For Treatment of Elderly Male COVID-19 Patients- A Review. Journal of Bio-Science, 29, 181–187. https://doi.org/10.3329/jbs.v29i0.54833

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