Do you ever have days where you just feel grumpy? The littlest thing sets you off. You don’t feel excited or even happy. And depression is starting to creep in.
If you stop to think about it, you probably realize those days are becoming more and more frequent.
The bad days outweigh the good ones. Why is that happening? What could possibly be affecting you?
Could it be low testosterone contributing to your mood?
Why is This a Serious Issue?
Depression is often overlooked when concerning men, especially older men. Guys are supposed to be ‘manly,’ and show little emotion, right? This way of thinking blinds people from a serious problem older men with low testosterone levels face.
People dealing with depression are at a higher risk for other serious health issues, such as:
- Eating Disorders
- Decreased Sex Drive
Men are more likely to take their own lives than women are. Society’s lack of consideration for men’s feelings makes it hard to recognize when a man is depressed. Men with low testosterone levels are four times more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Don’t let your pride dominate your life; talk to your doctor about negative feelings, and have your testosterone levels checked.
What are the Symptoms of Depression Caused by Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone causes many abnormalities in the body, which can lead up to depression.
- Lack of Appetite
- Negative feelings or thoughts
- Decreased Libido
What Causes These Conditions?
The brain has several different testosterone receptors that are responsible for our mood. When our testosterone levels are out of whack, our emotions will follow suit. A man’s testosterone level begins decreasing at age 30. Low testosterone levels are most common in men over 55; at that age, and beyond, 30 percent of men will suffer the symptoms caused by low T levels.
A recent study found cortisol levels were 68% higher in men with depression. And, the higher the cortisol levels, the lower the testosterone levels.
What is the Cure?
Since low testosterone is the cause of these problems, it is obvious that to cure them, one must restore their hormone levels. Hormone replacement therapy is a simple and quick way to replenish testosterone levels. If testosterone levels are restored, our sunny disposition will also be reinstated. The severity of depression will decrease and we’ll be able to find more joy in our everyday events.