DOES LOW TESTOSTERONE LEAD TO DEPRESSION?
LOW TESTOSTERONE LEAD TO DEPRESSION in Testosterone deficiency is a condition when the normal levels of testosterone fall inside the male body to such level that it starts to affect the male reproductive system and masculine characteristics (such as muscle mass, bone health, hair density, sexual characteristics, etc). It may occur due to a disease or damage to the hypothalamus, pituitary gland or testicles that inhibit hormone secretion and testosterone production.
Testosterone deficiency gives rise to a number of complications. One such complication is depression. According to International Society of Men’s Health (ISMH), men with testosterone deficiency are at higher risk of depression. The onset of depression increases the cost of treatment of testosterone deficiency.
A clinical study was conducted on 278 men over the age of 45 years for a period of four years. At the conclusion of the study, it was reported that the men who had low testosterone levels were four times as likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression as the men who had normal levels of testosterone.
SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE LEAD TO DEPRESSION IN TESTOSTERONE DEFICIENCY
- Memory problems
- Low sex drive
- Trouble concentrating
- Sleep problems
The symptoms of depression in testosterone deficiency are often centered around headaches and back pain.
REASON BEHIND LOW TESTOSTERONE LEAD TO DEPRESSION IN TESTOSTERONE DEFICIENCY
A study conducted by Almeida et al. on low testosterone in men suggests another possibility that lower testosterone levels in male body contributes greatly towards depression. They may actually directly affect serotonin levels in the brain.
Serotonin is another natural hormone and one of its many roles is to help regulate the moods. Thus, disturbance in serotonin levels causes depression in men with low testosterones.
MANAGEMENT OF DEPRESSION IN TESTOSTERONE DEFICIENCY
Testosterone deficiency and depression can be managed together starting with change in lifestyle. The following may help with both low testosterone and stress management:
- Lose weight: Body fat makes estrogen, which can tip the ratio of estrogen to testosterone, which results in unfavorably lower amounts of testosterone.
Depression also tends to cause men to exercise less and eat fattening foods more, which further contributes to lower testosterone. When body weight is managed, the process reverses and testosterone levels tend to go back up.
- Get enough sleep: Men under stress tend to be deficient in sleep and lack of sleep can lead to low testosterone & depression too. During stress, body releases a hormone called as cortisol, which actively interferes with and inhibits testosterone function in the body. Low testosterone further worsens the condition of stress and the cycle continues.
Thus, taking enough sleep can help to cope with stress and can indirectly manage the levels of testosterone in the body. Sleeping better can help to fight against stress.
- Change in diet:To help boost testosterone levels naturally, high-protein and low-fat diet is recommended by physicians.
Also limit certain foods such as those, which are high in refined sugars, salt and saturated and trans fats that can elevate triglycerides, cholesterol and fatty acids.
- Exercise: Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever.Regularexercise releases endorphin neurotransmitter, which can reduce stress and help in management of stress-induced testosterone deficiency.
Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and can help in mind relaxation. It can also lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety.
- Herbs & plants: Natural anti-anxiety herbs help to release stress from body. Some of those herbs include ashwagandha, chamomile, lavender, kava, etc. If testosterone levels in the body are boosted by herbal supplements then, stress generated from testosterone deficiency can be managed.
According to the clinical study conducted by Swaroop A et al., fenugreek seed extract (Furosap®), the major ingredient in CHEMFORCE is effective in the management of testosterones level in the body.
Their clinical study proved that Furosap® effectively increased testosterone levels, sperm profile, mental alertness, mood and libido in male volunteers.
Their study on 50 male volunteers showed that free testosterone levels were improved up to 46% in 90% of the study population.
Majority of the subjects enrolled in the study demonstrated improvements in mental alertness and mood. Libido was significantly improved which helped in the management of stress in the volunteers.
Their study proved that this herbal supplement was completely safe in the enrolled male volunteers as their safety parameters were within the normal range after the completion of the clinical study.
Mechanism of action: Furosap® is known to act due to the presence of its active constituent known as protodioscin.
Protodioscin is a steroid saponin, which has been found to promote healthy testosterone levels through its effects on testosterone-dihydrotestosterone conversion. It appears to promote healthy production of luteinizing hormone (LH). It delivers its hormonal effects in a balanced (not over-active) fashion.
Protodioscin also promotes healthy red blood cell production, which ultimately supports healthy oxygen delivery throughout the body. This combination of hormonal and circulatory effects results in both healthy sexual function and optimal athletic endurance.
Management of testosterone levels in the body ultimately helps to manage depression.