Did you know that men with low testosterone are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety?
Not being as young and vital as you used to, can make you feel blue, but there really is more to it than that. Over the past several years, there have been many studies linking low testosterone with depression in men.
One of the latest studies to look at this was presented at the 2015 conference of the Endocrine Society. The study conducted by researchers with the George Washington University in Washington, DC found that:
men with lower than normal, or “borderline” testosterone levels, have a much higher degree of clinical depression, or depressive symptoms, than men in the general population.
The study found that half of the men who were referred to a physician for treatment of “borderline” testosterone levels suffered from depression.
Testosterone Therapy and Depression
Just as there is mounting evidence that low testosterone levels or low-T, can be linked to depression, there is also significant evidence that men with depression and low-T, have benefited from increasing their levels with testosterone replacement therapy.
In 2009, a meta-analysis – a study of all available studies on a given subject – was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. Conducted by researchers from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, it concluded that testosterone therapy could be an effective treatment for men with depression, particularly those who have not responded to conventional antidepressant medications.
A few years later, a 2012 study published in the journal, Biological Psychiatry, by a group of researchers from the Florida State University, concluded that:
testosterone replacement therapy was an effective treatment for relieving depressive symptoms in animal subjects.
Though none of these studies have been able to pinpoint the exact relationship between testosterone and depression, most theories suggest it has to do with the way testosterone effects the production and/or release of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters, most notably serotonin and dopamine, are chemicals in the brain that are associated with mood. Declining levels of testosterone as you age, seems to negatively impact the level of these so-called “feel good” chemicals in the brain.
The Many Benefits of Testosterone Replacement for Men
Depression, or other changes in mood, are only some of the many detrimental effects that can happen due to low testosterone levels.
Sometimes these effects of declining testosterone as you age can be relatively minor, or as with depression, they can be life altering, effecting everything from your personal relationships to your job performance.
If you have low testosterone, or low-T, in addition to changes in mood, you may also experience:
- Declining muscle mass and bone loss
- Overall fatigue and a lack of vitality
- Sexual wellness issues, including, but not limited to, erectile dysfunction
- Packing on pounds that are much more difficult to take off
- Memory loss and other cognitive difficulties
In fact, a large percentage of the men in the Washington, DC study who showed signs of depression along with low-T, also showed a significant number of the above symptoms. 40% of the men with low-T and depression were also overweight. 78% reported erectile dysfunction, 69% complained of “low libido” and 52% of low energy.
The good news is, a carefully prescribed regimen of testosterone replacement therapy can give you back what time may have taken away.
Testosterone therapy is available in a number of ways, from injections to creams or patches, and can help you to look, and feel your best, physically and emotionally. But, real testosterone therapy is ONLY available with a doctor’s prescription.
Stop feeling depressed and anxious over not being the “man” you once were. Contact us today, and see if testosterone therapy can help you be all that you can be!