Current research is providing evidence how men’s Low T levels (or low testosterone levels) can impact their mood. It seems that in addition to male personality traits, testosterone is largely responsible for a man’s overall sense of wellbeing.
Men with Low T levels can experience a lack of motivation that can begin a slippery-slope towards clinical depression.
It’s been known that testosterone in men affects aggression, competitiveness, and other so-called “male” emotions. However, thanks to current research we also know that Low T levels can do a lot more than that.
Low T Levels and Your Mood
Generally speaking, women experience clinical depression far more often than men. However, researchers have found that the difference begins to disappear after the age of 65. This is the age where men and women seem to both be depressed pretty equally.
This prompted scientists to suspect that Low T levels in older men, could be the cause. Several studies have now shown a definitive link between Low T levels and depression in men.
The most recent study looked at 200 adult men between the age 20 and 77. These 200 men were all diagnosed as having “borderline Low T levels” – (between 200 and 350 ng/dL). This study was conducted by George Washington University, and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The researchers found that almost 60% percent of the men in the study could be described with depression, or were exhibiting “depressive symptoms.”
More and more research indicates that testosterone affects mood, concentration, and other mental health issues. However, scientists are still not 100% sure how or why this is the case.
Most theories indicate that there are both physical and psychological reasons as to how Low T levels can lead to depression.
One theory involves how a person’s testosterone level impacts the level of the “feel good” chemicals in the brain. For instance, serotonin and other neurotransmitters related to mood and cognition are affected.
The other symptoms caused by Low T levels, that are related to sexual wellness, can lead to self-esteem issues. When self esteem issues are present, relationship problems tend to occur as well, which can create a “downward” spiral into depression.
The study also reported the other issues typical of Low T levels besides depression. These include; erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, lack of energy, weight gain, and disturbed sleep –all of which can also impact mood.
We continue to learn more and more about the many negative implications of Low T levels. The good news is, we have safe and effective ways of bringing your testosterone back into balance.
If you are a man over 35, feeling depressed, or maybe just not quite yourself lately, you may be a candidate for Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
It all starts with having your testosterone level checked. If you levels are borderline, like those men in the recent study, and you are feeling depressed, or exhibiting any of the other symptoms of low testosterone, we can get you on a program with proven results.
Unlike other testosterone replacement programs, such as Cenegenics, our program is better priced. It’s also customized to your particular needs and lifestyle.
We also are the only Men’s Health Clinic’s with our proprietary Virtual Wellness Portal. This Portal is a telemedicine application that allows us to digitally monitor your progress, throughout your whole testosterone optimization plan!
You can find out a lot more about testosterone replacement for Low T levels and other life extending information in Dr. Gaines’ new full length book, Great Gains For Life.
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