Among the other signs of low testosterone, depressive symptoms are often present in men with hypogonadism. In a low T study by Michael Irwig MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Andrology at George Washington University, Washington, 56% of the 200 men in the study showed significant depressive symptoms or signs of clinical depression.
Along with the depressive symptoms, many of the men in this study were overweight and exercised very little. This may be a result of the low testosterone levels causing lowered energy and ability to maintain muscle tone.
Other Low T Symptoms
When Low T levels drop, men sometimes experience symptoms that can affect their quality of life. These can include low sex drive, low energy, low muscle tone, depressed mood, sleep difficulties, and erectile dysfunction.
“About 89% of the patients reported erectile dysfunction, 69% of the men said they had low libido, 58% of the group reported they had fewer morning erections, 52% complained of low energy, 42% reported sleep disturbances, and 27% said they had decreased concentration,” said Irwig.
Treating Low Testosterone
There are a few options when it comes to treating low testosterone; self-administered injections, skin patches, and gels. The first step to treatment is visiting your Philadelphia urologist and getting your testosterone levels tested by having a simple blood test. At Philadelphia Urology Associates, we will work with you to find a treatment that will work the best for you and your lifestyle.
If you are experiencing depression, you may also want to talk with your primary doctor about seeking other options until you can see if your mood changes with treatment, as low T may not be the sole cause of your depression.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our Philadelphia urologists, call (215) 563-1199 or contact us online.