Low Testosterone Tied to More Depression
Men with borderline levels of low testosterone are more likely to suffer from depression than men in the general population, according to a study at George Washington University.
The research, published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, involved 200 adult men, with a mean age of 48 years old, who were referred for borderline total testosterone levels between 200 and 350 ng/dL. Information gathered included demographics, medical histories, medication use, signs and symptoms hypogonadism, or low testosterone. They also were assessed for symptoms of depression or a diagnosis of depression.
About 56 percent of the men were found to have depression or depressive symptoms. The men also tended to have high rates of obesity and low rates of physical activity. Also, one quarter of the men were taking antidepressants. The most common symptoms were erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, low energy and low quality sleep.
While more research is needed in this area of study, the researchers concluded that clinicians should consider screening for depression and depressive symptoms men who are referred for treatment of low testosterone,