BGS-649 is a novel once weekly oral aromatase inhibitor being developed as a first-line therapy for the treatment of obese men with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH).
HH is a clinical syndrome that results from inadequate levels of testosterone, and can cause increased obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, and infertility. In the obese, the decrease in testosterone is driven by high levels of the aromatase enzyme in the fat tissue. The aim is to use BGS-649 to normalise testosterone levels and improve the related conditions.
- Based on 2014 WHO estimates
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- Update on Hypogonadism and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (2011) Chapter in Practicing Clinical Exchange p1-15