Researchers say they’ve discovered a hormone that could help predict some diseases in men
- Dan Martin
- BBC News
Researchers have discovered a hormone that can help predict whether men will develop certain diseases later in life.
Experts from the University of Nottingham studied the INSL3 hormone, which is produced in men during puberty.
They believe it provides an early marker for age-related diseases and allows physicians to take action to prevent them.
The research results are based on testing blood samples from almost 3,000 men across Europe.
Research shows that the testicular cells that produce testosterone are the same as INSL3, but unlike testosterone, it remains at stable levels throughout a man’s life.
The university said this (monitoring hormone levels) is a clear and reliable way of predicting disease.
The researchers said that INSL3 levels in the blood are associated with age-related diseases such as weak bones, impotence, diabetes and heart disease.
They hope this discovery will enable early medical intervention to try to prevent these diseases from occurring.
The research was led by Professors Ravinder Anand Evil and Richard Evil.
‘The mainstay of aging research is reducing the fitness gap that occurs with age,’ said Professor Ravinder Anand Evil.
“Understanding why some people are more vulnerable to disability and disease as they age is critical to finding medical interventions that ensure people not only live long lives, but also lead healthy lives in old age. “
“The discovery of this hormone is an important step for us to understand this and will pave the way to not only helping individuals individually, but also helping to alleviate the care crisis we face as a society.”
Professor Richard Eiffel said: “We now know the important role this hormone plays in predicting the disease and how it differs in men, and we are turning our attention to finding out which factors have the greatest influence on INSL3 levels in the blood.” to have.”
“Preliminary work suggests that diet may play a role in early life, but that many other factors such as genetics or exposure to certain environmental factors that cause endocrine disruptors may also play a role.”
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