Statin Lowering Testosterone and Sexual Function

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Chang Gung Medical Foundation

Status and phase

Phase 4


Sexual Dysfunction


Drug: Rosuvastatin

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Statins may decrease serum testosterone levels via decreasing cholesterol. This longitudinal study detected the effects of rosuvastatin on free testosterone levels and sexual function in men with type 2 diabetes.


Investigator enroll 150 men with type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia. Biochemical assessments include serum total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein, triglyceride, prolactin, thyroid-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, total testosterone and serum sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). All parameters are measured before statin treatment, after 6 months of statin treatment and 6 months after discontinuing statin treatment. Scores of the sexual health inventory for men (SHIM) are also evaluated.

Full description

Autonomic neuropathy and hypogonadism are the cause of impotence in men with diabetes. Hypercholesterolemia is also one of the dominant co-morbidity of diabetes. Many men with diabetes are being treated with statins to low down the serum levels of cholesterol. However, cholesterol is the major substrate for testosterone biosynthesis, statin may decrease serum testosterone levels via decreasing cholesterol level. In previous studies, few longitudinal studies with few enrolled subject were done before and with conflict results. Free testosterone is also not routinely used, so compromised the accuracy. The investigators will analyze the effect of statins on free testosterone levels in a longitudinal study of men with type 2 diabetes and do animal study to realize if the statin will influence the sex organ of rat.


Investigator will enroll 150 men with type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia. Clinical and biochemical assessments include blood pressure, HbA1C, lipid profile, height, weight, and waist circumference, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and free testosterone , which will be measured before statin treatment, after 3 months of statin treatment and then after quitted statin treatment for 3 months, and also give questionnaire about sex function.

The investigators expect:

Statin may potentially lead to hypogonadism or impotence In men with type 2 diabetes. The relationship between blood glucose, lipid profile, blood pressure, anthropometric measures and serum free testosterone levels may also be revealed. If this hypothesis is adverse, statin treatment will not influence gonadal function and has that side effect.


151 patients




18 to 75 years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. Type2 diabetes mellitus for more than 2 year.
  2. Male subjects
  3. Not received statin therapy for more than 1 year
  4. Normal sexual activity
  5. No hypogonadism history.

Exclusion criteria

  1. Type 1 diabetes mellitus
  2. Duration of diabetes less than 2 years and more than 10 years
  3. Renal function impairment (creatinine level > 1.4 mg/dl)
  4. Cancer or organic disease associated with hypogonadism,
  5. With testosterone on antiandrogen drug therapy

Trial design

151 participants in 1 patient group

medication status
Other group
Rosuvastatin 5 mg qd for 6 months, Quitted rosuvastatin for 6 months, Re-administrated rosuvastatin for 6 months
Drug: Rosuvastatin

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