Racial/ethnic variations in male testosterone levels: a probable contributor to group differences in health

Steroids. 1992 Feb;57(2):72-5. doi: 10.1016/0039-128x(92)90032-5.


Racial and ethnic variations in serum testosterone levels were investigated among a large sample of male Vietnam era veterans. Based on geometric means, significant average differences were found between 3,654 non-Hispanic white and 525 black individuals. The geometric mean for testosterone levels among 200 Hispanic individuals was similar to that of non-Hispanic white individuals. Regarding two other racial/ethnic groups (Asian/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans), no significant differences were found, due perhaps to small sample sizes. Results were interpreted as having considerable potential for explaining some of the race differences in the incidences of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and prostate cancer.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Asians
  • Blacks
  • Body Weight
  • Ethnicity*
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Racial Groups*
  • Risk Factors
  • Testosterone / blood*
  • Whites


  • Testosterone