The functional medicine team at the Regenerative Medicine Center in Pittsburgh, PA, recently published an excellent article on the importance of testosterone in fighting Covid-19. As it turns out, the often overlooked hormone, along with estrogen, binds with the same receptor as does the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As Dr. Valerie Donaldson discusses in her important article Testosterone and Covid-19 Protection,
One of our best defenses not being discussed with frequency, are optimal levels of hormones. Growth hormone, estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, and adrenal hormones all contribute to support our immune system and will play a role in our ability to fight Covid-19.
In particular, testosterone and estrogen become hugely important in the battle against Covid as Covid sits on the same ACE2 receptor sites in main sites of lung, heart, and kidney as do testosterone and estrogen. When receptor sites are occupied with natural hormones, they are more difficult to be occupied by viruses or toxins.
We don’t have to live in fear of this dreadful virus. It’s real. It’s out there, but we also know a lot more about Covid-19 then we did in February 2020. There are many things that we can do to better protect ourselves from disease and better control our health outcomes. Of course, many of these health strategies are frequently overlooked by the mainstream media–and unfortunately big corporate medicine–when it comes to Covid-19.
I strongly believe that we are individually responsible for own paths in life, and this journey undoubtedly includes taking control of our own health. Exercise, proper nutrition, sleep, maintaining metabolic flexibility and ideal body composition, and optimizing our Vitamin D levels are clearly important components to building a stronger immune system–and now I will be adding testosterone and hormone optimization to the list. I think it’s time to get my T levels checked!